‘We’re determined to get one back on them’: Brett Holman warns Germany ahead of friendly
Socceroos midfielder Brett Holman believes Germany are in for a rude shock if they think they can repeat their previous form against Australia in Tuesday night’s highly anticipated international friendly.
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With revenge on the mind following a 4-0 defeat in their last meeting at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Holman has issued a warning.
“We have a lot of bad memories from Durban and that was the game that came back to haunt us at the World Cup,” the AZ Alkmaar attacker said.
“The result was hard to take and it’s not something you just forget about without a fair bit of reflection.
“But things have changed a lot since then. We’re on a high after reaching the final of the Asian Cup and we’re determined to get one back on them.
“We feel we have the capacity to do that and we’re going into the game determined to show what we can do and maybe change of few of the German public’s perceptions about us."
The Socceroos perception in Germany is so bleak that Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claimed "a match between Bayern's A and B teams is more intense" than a clash with Australia.
Germany finished in 3rd place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and are currently ranked 3rd in the FIFA World Rankings – they most recently drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly match.
Despite the German’s prominent ranking and famous home support, Holman views the game being held in Monchengladbach as a positive.
“Our squad is made up almost entirely of boys based in Europe and we’re going to be used to the conditions and travel won’t be an issue,” Holman explained.
“Of course, you want to be playing in front of Australian crowds whenever possible, but this will be the next best thing.”
The fact Australia will be led into action by German coach Holger Osieck is another plus for Australia, believes Holman.
“Holger will want to show what he can do as a coach and going back to his homeland will mean a lot to him," he added.
‘’He’ll be very motivated and he’s greatly respected after being assistant to Franz Beckenbauer when Germany won the 1990 World Cup, so it’s going to be a big occasion for him and us.”
Another Australian who is itching to face ‘Die Nationalmannschaft’ is Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.
Even though the 22-year-old does not expect to see any game time against Germany, he revealed that he has already started getting stuck into his Dortmund teammates.
“There’s already been a bit of banter with some of the Dortmund boys who are in the German squad to face us and I’ve been having a bit of a dig at them," Langerak said.
"It’s been good-natured but there’s no doubt they will be deadly serious against us.
“It might say it’s a friendly fixture but that’s not how the Germans will approach it, especially in front of their own supporters. And nor will Australia.”
Australia’s last five matches: LWWWD
Germany’s last five matches: DDWWW
Head coach: Joachim Low
Tim Wiese (GK), Rene Adler (GK), Arne Friedrich, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Sven Bender, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Christian Trasch, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Mario Gómez, Toni Kroos, Lukas Podolski, André Schürrle, Miroslav Klose, Mesut Ozil
Head coach: Holger Osieck
Mark Schwarzer (GK), Mitch Langerak (GK), Brett Emerton, Sasa Ognenovski, Mile Jedinak, Lucas Neill, Dave Carney, Matt McKay, Brent McGrath, Carl Valeri, Luke Wilkshire, Brett Holman, Harry Kewell, Robbie Kruse, Jon Mckain, Nikita Rukavytsya
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