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Ange Postecoglou: Australia in need of more composure after Germany loss

Ange Postecoglou: Australia in need of more composure after Germany loss

The reigning world champions dominated the opening stanza and capitalised, entering the half time break with a 2-1 lead.

It wasn't just goalkeeper Bernd Leno's two blunders but the way Germany eased off in the second half that bothered Loew. They composed themselves a little bit. "Whoever controls the ball will dominate", said the Celta Vigo man.

"I watched them against Chile and saw they played on the counter attack. if they do that they definitely can be unsafe", he said.

His dogmatic adherence to his philosophy is commendable when it works, but becomes frustrating when it falls flat and Australia's 3-2 group stage loss to Germany was another case of the latter.

"They aren't playing long balls any more, they are courageous and cheeky enough to boldly attack", he said. None of Germany's starters in Sochi on Monday had played in the 2014 World Cup final, and only a few seem likely to figure heavily in the real Russian competition next year. "We must improve (and) we will do that".

"The five minutes just before half-time once we got back into it and then again just after [half-time]".

"It's hard to put a finger on it".

"It's disappointing, we were barely clinging on in the first half", he admitted.

"We have to build on that moving forward".

- Arturo Vidal scored the opening goal of Chile's Confederations Cup campaign and now has three goals in his last four games for his country.




Lars Stindl and Julian Draxler, with a penalty, scored Germany's goals in a first half when they might have had expected more, considering the number of clear chances they created.

But Germany's failure to cash in on early chances allowed Rogic to rifle home a 41st minute equaliser.

Aziz Behich believes Australia have plenty of reasons to feel positive as they prepare to face Cameroon in a key Group B encounter at the Confederations Cup.

Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka both scored their first worldwide goals, though goalkeeper Bernd Leno's two blunders made the game a little close for comfort.

The opening half-hour saw Australia on the ropes, with Stindl's fifth-minute opener bringing fears of a belting.

Australia boss Postecoglou said before the game he was not planning to alter the team's possession-based approach, despite the German threat. A good night's sleep and we're back on deck in the morning! It's not easy to do. "That's what we want to do and the football we enjoy". We'll continue to do that.

"The only way you can [improve] is to keep exposing them to this level", he said.

If Australia are trying to make a statement, they need to first learn exactly where they sit in world football. Russian Federation is their third appearance at the Tournament of Champions - they went out at the group stage in Mexico in 1999, although managed to claim third place as hosts in 2005, thanks to a 4-3 win over Mexico in their playoff.

Cameroon are unlikely to offer the same threat as the Germans, even if the world champions have come to Russian Federation without a host of leading players.


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