Australia are looking to their big-match players to upset three-time champions Germany in Sunday's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ opener in Durban, with it 28 years since the Germans last having lost an opening match in Spain.
The Socceroos go into the match as outsiders and skipper Lucas Neill says his team would be satisfied with a draw in their opening match. But defensive midfielder Vince Grella believes Australia can do even better and has earmarked Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Mark Bresciano as the players to cause the Germans grief.
Grella said the trio will be the key to Australia bringing off a massive FIFA World Cup™ shock. "You need the special players in a team and we have a couple of them in Bresciano, Cahill and Kewell, if he's fit," said Grella, who has been capped by his country 46 times.
"These types of players will make the difference. Our job is to put them in the position to score goals. They'll be the key differences. We have some boys that have got some steel and we have some boys that have got class. If we make them hit together in the right spot on the pitch, we will put the Germans under a lot of pressure."
But clouding the trio's likely impact is a lack of match fitness for Kewell, who has played only a couple of minutes' football this year because of a persistent groin injury.
Star man Cahill, tagged by German defender Per Mertesacker as Australia's most dangerous player, failed to complete Tuesday's training session after injuring his neck in last Saturday's 3-1 warm-up match loss to the USA. Bresciano is also not long back from back surgery after playing only 18 games for Palermo in Italy's Serie A last season.