After winning the The Asian Cup in 2015, the Socceroos are back in the Confederations Cup. making their 1st appearance since 2005 as they finished 4th in Group A. Manager Ange Postecoglou wants to have his team come out strong against their opening game against the World Cup defending champions Germany.
The following is from Postecoglou:
” We want to win it mate. When you’re ambitious you have spectacular failures and spectacular successes. I’m not going to coach in between, just notch up a stint for my country as a coach flat-lining. Let’s go there and see what we can do “.
” The first game is obviously critical. If we get a result against Germany then it’s that kind of competition that you’ve got a chance “.
Getting at least a point will be hard for Australia as they have to play Germany, Chile and Cameroon in the group stages. It’s kind of Deja Vu when you think about it as they had to play against the Netherlands, Spain and Chile in Group B for the 2014 World Cup, in which they finished 4th.
Australia will miss players Brad Smith and Mike Jedlinak due to injury, who will be replaced by James Jeggo and Alex Gersbach respectively.
Player To Watch: Aaron Mooy
Mooy had great season on loan from Manchester City at Huddersfield Town, winning the Sky Bet Championship playoff final on penalties against Reading and getting promoted to the Premier League, their 1st appearance in England’s top flight since 1972 when it was called the First Division. He’ll be a key factor in Australia’s attack as he’s great on set pieces and is amazing at creating chances with the ball.
After becoming the most expensive Austrailian transfer ever when Huddersfield paid Man City 10-million-pounds for the midfielder, the 26-year-old will want to prove he’s worth the money with the national team. In his 1st appearance in a major tournament, Mooy will look to shine on the big stage for his country.
Australia will finish 4th again in Group B as they will get knocked out of the group stages. Looking at the talent in their group, the Socceroos have no way of competing with such high competition. They’ll lose all their games by one or two goals.