Matildas brace for challenge
ALEN Stajcic has thrown down the gauntlet, urging his 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, pictured, pointed out a 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 presents 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.”
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica puts his players through their paces at training