Caltex Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou got plenty out of Tuesday night’s 4-0 friendly loss to Brazil as he prepares for Australia’s first group game at the Confederations Cup against Germany.
Australia fly to Russia on Wednesday with Germany their first opponent early next week in the group stage.
The games come thick and fast with Cameroon then Chile over the ensuing seven days.
Postecoglou spoke to Fox Sports after the Brazil game.
Preparation for Confeds Cup
“For us as I said, this game was preparation for what we’re going to face.
“We needed to do some things tonight in terms of getting some game time into players and we go that.
"There were quite a few that hadn’t played for a while, and for guys like Jimmy Troisi, Bailey Wright, Krusey we got some minutes into them.
“We’ll be ready for the first game."
Debutants Ajdin Hrustic and Dylan McGowan
“It was important that those two boys got a run.
“It wasn’t a great start. First half was decent. We were pretty happy with the way we were structured and the way we put some pressure on them and kept our possession well. So at half time it wasn’t too bad.
“Second half fell away to be fair. I made some changes and we got a bit disjointed and we got a bit stretched and they [Brazil] are a good side and they took advantage of that.”
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“Millsy was good. He’s had a rough couple of days after he lost his grandfather yesterday.
“And it’s been a tough time for him … but you know what you’re going to get with Millsy, he’s a very strong character and a very good footballer.
“He’s going to have to fill that breach now [with Jedinak injured and out] and he’ll do well.”
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