Confed Cup is 'a gift' for Germany's Loew

Milos Degenek says Australia are capable of winning the FIFA Confederations Cup

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This side has seen the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus and Mesut Ozil rested and this will dent the squad a little bit.

"We don't all know how fit we are after a long and hard season", admitted Werner, 21. "Absolutely I thought we matched it with them for periods of the game and the character and resilience they showed is unquestionable". Australia will try to beat us.

"For us as a group of 23 players, it's about contributing. Some will underestimate us".

Can will be one of three players of Turkish origin competing - the others being Kerim Demiray of Germany and Bursaspor full-back Aziz Behich who will be representing Australia.

"In the second half we said 'let's stick to our principles".

Australia have done quite well against Germany in recent years with their last match, a friendly in 2015, ending 2-2.

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With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 worldwide appearances, Germany has the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.

"I don't think they have brought an under-strength team", Australia defender Milos Degenek said.

Germany could have been out of sight before the half-hour mark as they constantly unlocked a pass-orientated back three their visitors looked vulnerable in.

However, they've yet to ever win the Confederations Cup. "If people dismiss that they will dismiss everything else, so I do not really care".

"And then we evolved at the Asian Cup and we won it".

"Just as we did before Brazil and South Africa, we'll brief the squad, but we must not forget we are guests in Russian Federation and football should not be expected to overcome problems and grievances".

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And on the eve of their first match against Germany in Sochi, Cahill has declared there is just as much pressure on the world champions as there is on Australia.

Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt are two of the most exciting attacking talents at the tournament, while Sandro Wagner goes into the clash with Australia having just netted a hat-trick in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying against San Marino. Football fans and analysts have notoriously short memories; if Australia progress to the semi-final in Russian Federation and then qualify for the tournament's grander sibling, Postecoglou will again be vaunted. "We made it too easy for them".

Unlike most Socceroos fixtures, Fox Sports don't hold any rights for the Confederations Cup and so won't be broadcasting any matches.

However, one has to remember that the country has not come into this competition with a strong side.

Despite the odds firmly in the Germans' favour, Australia got a goal back and once again, had Leno to thank for.

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