New Matildas coach targets World Cup win on dwelling soil

Tony Gustavsson in the dugout with USA coach Jill Ellis.

Tony Gustavsson within the dugout with USA coach Jill Ellis.Credit score:Getty

Whereas earlier overseas coaches have sought to mood the Australian mentality, Gustavsson needs that can to win to stay on the core of their fashion of play.

“I believe it’s vital to embrace that and be happy with that, and that’s one thing I’ve been impressed by,” he mentioned. “That must be the inspiration and never checked out as one thing adverse.”

He needs to utilise that to quicken the tempo of their play.

“Wanting on the traits of the sport, everybody simply sees that its quicker and quicker and quicker,” he mentioned. “One of many key issues is how briskly can we play with out dropping management, and I imply each on the defensive aspect of the ball and the attacking aspect of the ball.”

It means the Matildas that make his squads will probably be among the many quickest and fittest. They are going to have to have the ability to assume fast and react faster. Gustavsson has seen what the Matildas can do to groups when they’re enjoying at their finest however has additionally seen their incapacity to realize outcomes when their performances stagnate.

Gustavsson is aware of he shall be judged on outcomes over performances and, whereas he helps a fast, attacking fashion of play that values possession, he must additionally create a staff that may grind out wins after they should. For probably the most half, the Matildas have been unable to try this nicely over the previous three years, and the basis of that problem is what he mentioned was their lack of sport administration.


“It’s about profitable if you find yourself not enjoying good and understanding what it takes to win. Recreation administration is an enormous piece of that,” he mentioned.

Gustavsson will usher in one assistant coach however can even work with a set-up that features native coaches Mel Andreatta, Rae Dower and Leah Blayney. He’ll seek the advice of with the technical employees on youth improvement however mentioned he was “eager to be concerned however not answerable for that course of”.