Huth proves his worth to Klinsmann
BERLIN, Sept 9 (Reuters) - A surprise choice for Wednesday's friendly against Brazil, 20-year-old Robert Huth made full use of his debut in Germany's starting team to impress Juergen linsmann and his Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho.
Huth played a major role in shutting down Brazil's high-voltage attack with a near-flawless performance in a 1-1 friendly draw, showing poise and savvy to earn applause from his home town fans in Berlin and praise from Klinsmann.
'If I were a striker still playing and had to go up against Robert, I wouldn't be happy about it,' said the Germany coach.
'I saw him in training the last few days and thought 'I wouldn't want to be Ronaldo or Adriano'.'
Klinsmann knew his decision to use Huth - yet to appear for unbeaten Chelsea this season - rather than a more experienced defender would raise eyebrows.
'Last year I saw Robert on television playing in the premier league and he came in for the last 20 or 30 minutes with such tenacity, so much power and energy,' Klinsmann said.
'I thought it was super the way he demonstrated so much self-confidence.'
Huth won his first cap last month in a friendly against Austria, coming on late in Germany's 3-1 win.
'Robert got his chance and used it,' said Klinsmann. 'Before the match I said 'Robert, there might be a few people who don't know who you are, but they will afterwards'.'
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira agreed Huth and Werder Bremen's Frank Fahrenhorst had played well against Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
'I knew who he was from some matches I saw on television,' he said. 'Their defensive duo worked very well.'
The soft-spoken Huth said he was delighted to play against Brazil in Berlin and was 'by and large satisfied' with his performance. He slapped down a question about whether he would now demand a starting role at Chelsea.
Last season he started seven premier league games for Chelsea and survived the squad clear-out following coach Claudio Ranieri's replacement by Mourinho.
'I don't think young players can make demands like that,' Huth said. 'You have to prove yourself in training. I can't go and say 'Because of one good match I have to play now'.
'I think he (Mourinho) was watching it. When you play reasonably well against Brazil you have to believe you'll get a chance.'