China will take on Germany for the second time in little more than a month when they meet in the round of 16 in the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 in Tilburg on Tuesday.
In a pre-tournament friendly on 11 May, hosts Germany held China to a 2:2 draw as Christian Genther scored the equaliser with eight minutes to spare.
At Netherlands 2005, the two teams showed their good organisation and positional play in the group stage as Eckhard Krautzun's China swept into the last 16 with three victories in a trot over European heavyweights Turkey, Ukraine and Panama.
Germany, under former Borussia Dortmund coach Michael Skibbe, went through a tough group that featured former champions Argentina and USA and now, with a spot of quarter-finals on the line, the two teams will have to battle it out after developing contrasting styles under their German coaches.
China to pile on pressures from outset
Despite telling the media: "We don't choose our rivals…" China coach Krautzun appeared satisfied to be meeting Germany - a team that he knows better than any other.
"Germany are always mentally strong and good at organisation and tactical disciplines. They are also very clever, but they still have some weak points that we can exploit," a confident Krautzun told FIFA.com.
German players are famous for their never-say-die spirit and China, who have been instilled with Germany's football ideology for six months, have also proved mentally strong so far.
Krautzun's assistant Michael Weiss promised: "We will take a positive tone from the outset, reducing their space and creating our chances through running and passing. If we do the job well and our rivals get depressed, then our chances will come."
In the last meeting in May, Germany dominated the first half and scored first before China hit back with a penalty. China were dominant after the restart and captain Feng Xiaoting's solo effort sent China ahead before Genther brought the scores level late on.
Krautzun said: "Germany only made two or three changes to the side that played us a month ago, including their keeper Rene Adler, who performed superbly in the three past matches. That makes their defence even more solid, but we still have chances as long as we play to our plan well."
Germany confident to progress
Germany, meanwhile, seem equally confident and defender Paul Thomik said: "We don't fear any rivals as we believe we are capable to play against any team. China's strengths lay in their good passing, running and pace.
"They are also very good at switching positions… when a player changes to the other side, someone else quickly comes up to cover his place."
Germany's defence has proved the strongest part of a formation that only conceded one goal in three group matches. Adler made superb saves when they held USA to a goalless draw and also in their last match with Argentina, where they were edged out by only one goal.
Thomik added: "We are physically and tactically strong in defence and we will try our best to keep China's mercurial strikers at bay."
Midfielder Alexander Huber said: "We know they are the best selection possible from China, with a number of the team coming from their league champions. They showed their class in the group stage and now it is our turn."