Matildas urged to dominate
ALEN Stajcic has thrown down the gauntlet, urging the Matildas to rediscover their customary dominance against Chile seven months out from the most competitive Women’s World Cup yet.
Warning against underestimating the “technically superb” world No.39 South Americans, the national team coach drew attention to a recent slip in Australia’s on-field supremacy during last month’s away friendlies against France and England.
Injury and illness were mitigating factors in the 2-0 loss and 1-1 draw, but today’s clash in Penrith and Tuesday’s rematch in Newcastle present a prime opportunity to bounce back in front of home crowds.
“We probably in the last few matches haven’t controlled matches like we have done before,” Stajcic said.
“Regardless of our results, the last three or four years we’ve tended to dominate almost every match, but in the last two or three we haven’t.
“So we want to get back to the level where we know, when we dominate, the result almost always goes in our favour.
“That means being able to keep the ball better, improving our passing and support. I thought we were pretty poor in some of those areas against France and England.
“We didn’t have the rhythm, and this will be a great opportunity for us to start dominating every game again.”