The Matildas’ sudden loss to Italy within the opening recreation of their World Cup marketing campaign is historical past repeating itself.
In Canada 2015, they misplaced their opening match Three-1 to the USA however nonetheless proceeded to make the knockout section, following a win towards the Nigerians and a 1-1 draw towards the extra extremely fancied Swedes.
The missed factors within the opening recreation are sadly the place the similarities will finish.
The Aussies are a lame horse and received’t make it out of their group.
I don’t get pleasure from saying this, however when all is claimed and accomplished, my prophecy might be akin to saying the climate might be sizzling this summer time.
Frankly, the Matildas and Ante Milicic have been on a hiding to nothing. The gamers themselves are proof against any legal responsibility. Following their coach being sacked coach 5 months earlier than the match, the brand new boss has applied a excessive defensive position and magnificence of play, naively launched with such a restricted period of time to adapt.
Mike Tuckerman’s wonderful article delves into the dysfunctional selections from the governing physique and results on the pitch, which sabotaged any aspirations for victory at a global match.
He’s not mistaken however doesn’t go as far as yours really. Fixing the defensive points inside a comparatively new construction in a match is unlikely.
Milicic shouldn’t be crucified for this, he’s as a lot a sufferer of circumstance because the gamers. Milicic’s restricted CV as a head coach means he shouldn’t have been put on this place.
Simply as Graham Arnold learnt from his untimely first tenure as Socceroos boss, Milicic will come out a greater coach from this enterprise.
Nevertheless, the fallout from France 2019 was already underway the day Alen Stajcic was sacked. I can solely think about what the enjoying group and Milicic are saying after what’s occurred the final couple of weeks.
Firstly, the FFA issued a proper apology for the dealing with of the sacking, as did board member Heather Reid.
The apologies and Stajcic’s vindication got here out on Might 30, simply days earlier than Australia’s Three-Zero defeat to the Netherlands in a warm-up match.
Moreover, information that Reid herself is in France, on a self-funded journey on the invitation of FIFA, should be a bitter capsule to swallow for a camp who’ve accomplished a lot to depart current historical past behind.
It’s pure hypothesis of what the temper is within the dressing room, however after a disheartening loss on the again of what has transpired, gamers could be forgiven for any acrimonious ideas.
Milicic must also be forgiven for not having the capability to deal with such an unprecedented scenario.
With the marketing campaign in deep trouble, possible the results of historic off-field points, it ought to come as no shock the Matildas will bow out on the group stage.
A Ronaldo-esque efficiency from Sam Kerr, of which she is greater than succesful, is our solely hope.