Socceroos have nothing to lose in Russia, says Cahill

Tim Cahill Source: Getty Images

Socceroos legend Tim Cahill says the pressure will be all on Germany when the two nations meet in the Confederations Cup.

Australia faces Joachim Low's legendary outfit on Monday night (Tuesday morning AEST) in Sochi.

Germany have changed up their squad for the Russian tournament, resting key players with one eye on their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Just three members of their 2014 World Cup winning group - Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter and Shkodran Mustafi - have been included.

While they might be weakened, they certainly aren't weak, with plenty of talent and experience in the group.

There's even a school of thought saying 'Die Mannschaft' is better off including younger, hungrier players.

Cahill says he expects to face a team up for the challenge but carrying the weight of expectation that comes with representing the football powerhouse.

"We know that they're a young side but we also know that they've got a lot of great players," Cahill said.

"There's a lot of pressure on them to do well here ... (each individual is) playing for a spot at the World Cup.

"We know that they've got to produce."

The 37-year-old is likely to be a bench player in Russia, but could start against Cameroon as coach Ange Postecoglou juggles his squad with three matches in seven days.

If he takes the field three times, he'll notch 100 caps for Australia.

And if he nets twice in Russia - and who would bet against that given his fearsome tournament record - Cahill will reach 50 goals for his country.

Cahill admitted eyeing the milestone, but he'd rather have a winners medal.

"To hopefully get that mark would be a massive honour in my career," he said.

"I would much prefer to take success in this competition because its a massive competition for us.

"For us as a group of 23 players, it's about contributing. Whether we start or come off the bench or don't even play."

Like everyone in the Socceroos camp, Cahill is confident Australia can leave a mark on the tournament.

"In the last last two and half years being involved in this group I've seen players buy into a philosophy and evolve," he said.

"Going onto the world stage and competing at a (high) level. Not going there and just being physical Australian players out there to be physical.

"At the last World Cup in Brazil I got to play and witness an exceptional young bunch of players outplay some of the best teams in the world for big parts of the games.

"And then we evolved at the Asian Cup and we won it.

"If we can play the style that we know, we can most definitely beat them."

Source AAP