Matildas has not played since March 2020, but they finally returned to the pitch on Sunday morning in a blockbuster match against world number two Germany.
The friendly, to be held in Wiesbaden, Germany, is the first ever under the guidance of new coach Tony Gustavvson – and with less than 100 days until the Tokyo Olympics, the previous Swedish mastermind had little time to renovate the team to his image.
Early indications are that Matildas, who has played a possession-based approach for years, will adopt a more direct and aggressive style.
“It’s all about goals, goals, goals. It’s music to my ears, “said Chelsea superstar Sam Kerr, per Fairfax. “I think it’s going to be about how we get the ball behind the goal. I thought it was very interesting and it will take some getting used to because we come from a very big style of football. “
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With a number of Matildas strikers starring in the English Women’s Super League, including Kerr (10 goals in the last six games), Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso – and many others enjoying a season of prominence across the continent – Gustavvson is not short on the weapons at his disposal.
But there were some notable absences: Ellie Carpenter and Steph Catley (82 caps), the team’s two first-choice fullbacks, were missing each due to the COVID-19 biosecurity protocol and hamstring injuries.
Another midfield talent in Amy Harrison was also forced to miss the pair match against Germany and the Netherlands (Wednesday morning AEST) due to the COVID-19 protocol.
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As for Germany, the hosts have been in action throughout 2020 while Matildas is stuck on the ice.
In the second half of 2020, Germany set a perfect streak across four games, won a lot and conceded only once – securing their place at Euro 2022.
The side, led by coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, beat Belgium 2-0 in February this year before losing 2-1 to the Netherlands – their first defeat since the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals.
DETAILS OF REPAIR
Matildas will face Germany from 12.05 on Sunday before meeting the world number 4 Netherlands on Wednesday from 2.30am.
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Mackenzie Arnold, Laura Brook, Emma Checker, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Emily Gielnik, Beatrice Goad, Dylan Holmes, Alexandra Huynh, Alanna Kennedy, Sam Kerr, Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Ella Mastrantonio, Clare Polkinghorne, Hayley Raso, Indiah- Paige Riley, Karly Roestbakken, Amy Sayer, Emily van Egmond, Lydia Williams.
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