Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus has spoken of the challenge in facing her homeland ahead of Australia’s international against the Netherlands.
Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus has spoken of the challenge in facing her homeland ahead of Australia-s international against the Netherlands.
The Dutch national and former coach of the Netherlands U-19 national team said it was fantastic to be back in Holland but that it was also a strange feeling to be touring there, as part of the Matildas 10-day European tour.
It will not only be a familiar environment for de Reus when the Matildas play the first match of their tour, as she use to coach many of the players her new side will be up against.
“They (Netherlands) are on top of their preparation and maybe the match will also be a bit special for them playing against their former coach,” she said.
Despite her insight into the style of play expected from the Netherlands, de Reus was adamant the Matildas would be concentrating on their own style and game plan. She expected her side-s positional play to be very important in dictating the outcome of the match.
This was identified as an area that was lacking in the performance against the Football Ferns last week. While the Matildas were ultimately triumphant in a penalty shoot-out, de Reus said improvement would be needed if they were to be successful against the fourteenth ranked nation in the world.
“We will need to show more control in midfield and the girls were not as confident playing out from the back,” she said when speaking about last week-s 1-all draw with New Zealand.
The Matildas coach identified this match as a good test in being able to adapt to a European style of football and an important step for the squad ahead of upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup campaigns.
The Matildas will also play France next week as part of their European tour.
Leckie: Socceroos have proved the doubters wrong
Mathew Leckie believes the Socceroos have proved the critics wrong at the FIFA World Cup™ but now wants to turn positive performances into points in their crucial clash against Peru. As the lowest-ranked nation in Group C, Australia was expected to struggle at the tournament a
Opponent Watch: Peruvian star hospitalised ahead of Socceroos clash
Peru’s preparation for the crucial Group C clash against the Socceroos has suffered a blow with a star attacker sent to hospital after he was knocked unconscious in training. There’s been some high praise for a couple of French strikers while Denmark let their hair down with s
Russia Watch: Germany saved embarrassment by late Kroos winner
Germany has come back from the brink of a humiliating early FIFA World Cup™ exit, scoring a stoppage-time winner to break Swedish hearts. Elsewhere, Javier Hernandez scored a landmark goal as Mexico continued their dream start to the tournament, while Belgium put in a five-sta
Day 35 Wrap: Sightseeing, cards and haircuts on rare day off
The Caltex Socceroos may be just three days away from their must-win FIFA World Cup™ clash against Peru but coach Bert van Marwijk gave the players a rare day off to recharge the batteries. While Saturday morning’s usual media commitments – where three players are put up for p