Matildas must learn lessons from loss
MATILDAS coach Tony Gustavsson had been going for 14 hours but headed straight to his computer after a 5-2 loss to Germany to clip up the game for a “laser focused” review ahead of Wednesday’s clash with the Netherlands.
In his first outing in charge of the national team, Australia was humbled by the increased pace and intensity of Germany last weekend which Gustavsson said was a “challenge” the Matildas needed to accept.
It was long day for the Australians, who travelled to Frankfurt from their Netherlands base and back again, and Gustavsson said recovery was a priority before the second clash of a schedule he put in place on purpose.
He said he wanted his players to be “open minded” about the loss to the reigning Olympic champions because the short lead-in to their own Tokyo challenge demanded they get better quickly.
“Even though we are all disappointed that we lost we need to open our minds together as a team and take the learnings from it,” Gustavsson said.
“Every team or individual who wants to take that next step are also brave enough to put themselves in a position where they are challenged a little bit outside of their comfort zones … to reach that little bit higher.”