Green Gully coach and tactical expert Arthur Papas has touted German midfielder Sebastian Rudy the man for the Socceroos to keep an eye on in Sochi on Tuesday.
Australia face Die Mannschaft in either team’s Confederations Cup opener in the Russia coastal city, looking to set the tone for the remainder of the tournament.
Joachim Low has picked an inexperienced Germany squad, lacking players of the likes of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Manuel Neuer.
Likely to deploy a back three, Papas talked up 27-year-old Hoffenheim midfielder Rudy as the key to Germany’s midfield play.
“The boy Rudy, Sebastian Rudy from Hoffenheim, he plays as the holding midfielder and they play with one holding midfielder in front of the back three,” he said on Monday’s Daily Football Show.
“He’s very important for them because he’s involved in screening, switching the play, connecting the first pass.
“I think he’s a really bright prospect, he’s had a great season.
“It’s very tough to talk about individuals when that squad is so talented.”
A backer of Ange Postecoglou’s maligned 3-2-4-1 formation, Papas maintained the structure was working, saying three of the four goals conceded against Brazil at the MCG were not down to the style.
“If you take away the emotion of what that scoreline was and you look at the goal that was conceded, it’s a pure individual error,” he said.
“He can be playing in a back four or a back three, that error will cost you a goal.
“If you look at the other two goals, they came from corners, that’s got zero to do with the system of play, then one goal is an absolute gem.”