Wingers target Oz demolition
Marko Marin claims Germany's wingers are planning to 'tear apart' Australia in their World Cup opener.
Last Updated: 10/06/10 3:29pm
Marko Marin claims Germany's wingers are planning to 'tear apart' the Australia defence in their World Cup opener.
The Germans, who will take on the Socceroos at Durban Stadium on Sunday, are favourites to progress from Group D.
It is as yet uncertain whether Miroslav Klose or Cacau will start as Germany's lone striker but, either way, Marin insists he and fellow winger Lukas Podolski will keep the frontman well supplied.
"I think the play from the wings will be dead important, that is our game," said Marin.
"The Australians will be playing deep and it will be important to 'tear them apart', so to speak, by putting balls in from the wing.
"It is no problem having a lone striker up front, we just have to make sure he is well fed with possession.
"I can play on either side, I really hope to be in the starting line-up on Sunday and if not I will do my best as a substitute."
Podolski is adamant the pressure of going into the match as favourites will not be a factor on the Germans, who are campaigning to lift their fourth World Cup trophy.
"Of course there is some kind of pressure as we go into this game as favourites, but we will go in with confidence into our three group games and we really, really want to win the opening game," said Podolski.
"We know that Australia will be defence minded and we will just have to try and find the gaps."
Germany are set to field a relatively young squad in South Africa, but Podolski insists age will have no bearing on their campaign.
"Age doesn't come into it in the least, it is just a matter of good or bad," he added.
"Germany have a very good group of young players who won the Euro Under-21 last season.
"Like Spain we have introduced a lot of good players, and we plan to hit the ground running with a win on Sunday."