Australia v Germany | Tuesday, June 20, 1am (AEDT), Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
It’s very important that we are in the Confederations Cup as we still need to continue to expose our players as much as we can against the best.
These competitions will allow the natural progression of our squad due to games and experience.
In tournament football, it’s crucial to start well.
Germany will be a great outfit but again they’re experimenting like they did many years ago, so they won’t be the strongest which must give us the opportunity to get something out of the game.
I’m sure we’ll be aiming for this, as Germany have an eye on the future, whereas we are kind of locked in and adding the experience to a group that has now been together for a while.
After a 4-0 defeat to Brazil, it’ll be very important for the Socceroos to bounce back.
Australia will be wanting to make that impact in this game and show the character is in the team to get through tough moments.
I believe they can do that and this is a high level tournament they’ll want to perform in and enjoy.
Ange will stick with the 3-2-4-1 formation, but it’s only as good as the players who play it.
International players are playing at a level where they have to adapt to many situations in a game.
They do this week in, week out, at club level, so I personally don’t see the issue with it.
The manager’s job is to decide what is best for the group he has to go and get the results he needs.
Tim Cahill at best, can only be used as an impact player.
Starting games for Cahill now is something he may still want to do, I have no doubt.
Personally I think the best outcomes for him and the team are if he’s used for shorter periods and when the game is stretched or we have some momentum towards the end of games.
He’s a great goal scorer but his time is coming to an end.
I’m still sure there’s a moment or two left though for a player that has been absolutely brilliant for his country.
Injured Socceroos defender Mile Jedinak is the captain and does an honest job for us but replacing him isn’t a huge concern for me.
We have Mark Milligan, who I actually think plays the role just as well, if not better than Mile and with Aaron Mooy getting the ball deep, we have enough cover.
Protecting of the back four is probably the main reason Mile plays, so that will be something Ange will be keen to address.
The Germans have a nice blend of youth and experience and they’ve done this before with great success at a Confederations Cup I was actually involved in.
Players like Mesut Ozil were produced at the right time and then went to the World Cup with experience and some Internationals under their belt.
People will think the Socceroos should go and be winning this game but don’t underestimate where these young German players will be playing.
The majority will be at better clubs than our players playing at a higher level but it’ll be a good test for us once again.
This will be a game which we will be competitive in, but I don’t see us getting a winning result.
The Germans will be too strong and should come out on top here with a two goal margin.
Australia at $7.00
Draw at $4.90
Germany at $1.38
Tip: Germany at $1.38
Correct score: Germany 3-1
Total goals: Over 2.5 (1.60)
Double chance: Germany or draw (1.08)
Both teams to score: Yes (1.82)
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