A fired up Ange Postecoglou insists he is not reading into a lack of international experience in world champions Germany’s Confederations Cup squad.
Joachim Low selected a young team for the tournament in Russia, minus key and recognisable names of the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil.
Addressing the media ahead of the Socceroos’ match with Die Mannschaft, Ange dismissed talk of the young Germans as a weakened team.
“Let’s dispel one myth. When the teams walk out tomorrow, if I had to have a guess, I reckon we’ll be younger,” he said.
“If people actually want to do some research, have a look tomorrow who the younger team is. I don’t buy into any of that stuff.
“We go out there tomorrow and play our football. It’s a great opening game for us. We’re playing against the world champions, a team that wants to win the World Cup next year and has been faultless in their qualifying.
“I’m not buying into this ‘one team’s younger’ and somehow we’re playing a weakened team. I just think it’s a bit of a myth.”
Meanwhile, veteran Tim Cahill revealed he was full of belief ahead of the game.
Though Postecoglou dismissed age as a factor, Cahill pinpointed that as a chink in Germany’s armour, saying a fast Socceroos start could see that exploited.
“Some players are making their debuts and there’s eight top quality players missing, so I feel that in defence, there’s a lot of mistakes there that can be exploited and any sort of pressure, we’ll be able to really hit them on the counter hard,” he said.
“When you look at it overall, they like to overload our final third, which will be our defence, creating five vs fours.
“I’m confident because we’re in a good space, we play some great football … against Germany, there’s nothing to fear, especially this team here. I know that if we come out firing and disciplined, we can definitely get a result.
“I feel that it’s the way that we start. High tempo, disciplined, and just don’t take a step backwards. A lot of them are kids as well and that’s the good thing about us, we’ve been part of a group for two and a half years.
“These guys are under a lot of pressure. They’ve got to impress for a World Cup next year and leave something with their coach that will hopefully make them get picked for their squad.”
The duel in Sochi kicks off at 1am AEST.
Both teams will be out to reel Chile back in, who defeated Cameroon 2-0 in Moscow.