Germany’s Confederations Cup target is not so much the title as it is to develop young players with an eye on next year’s World Cup in Russia, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Friday.
Germany, who have sent a second string team to the tournament starting on Saturday, were more interested in seeing their young squad play freely, Bierhoff told reporters in Sochi, Russia, a day after the world champions’ arrival.
He said he would like to see the young team gradually come together and deliver several candidates for next year’s squad that will defend their 2014 World Cup title in Russia.
Coach Joachim Loew has brought half a dozen newcomers into the team, resting several of his stalwarts including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels among others to have them fit for next year’s tournament.
Germany kick off their Group B matches against Australia on June 19.