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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Women – News – Coaches and players react to Tokyo 2020 draw

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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 - Women - News - Coaches and players react to Tokyo 2020 draw

Women’s Olympic Football Tournament

Japan women's national football team head coach Asako Takakura watches the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football Tournament draws 

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  • Official draw made for Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020
  • Japan open with Canada in Group E
  • Here’s how numerous coaches and players have been reacting to the draw

An thrilling milestone on the street to Tokyo 2020 gold was reached on Wednesday when the official draw for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament was performed in Zurich.

Hosts Japan will play Canada of their opening match in Group E, the place they can even face Great Britain and Chile within the part. Group G seems to be particularly intriguing because it options each co-hosts of the subsequent FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Australia and New Zealand, and it additionally offers USA the possibility for Olympic revenge over a Sweden aspect that eradicated them from Rio 2016 on penalties. China PR, Brazil, Zambia and the Netherlands comprise the opposite pool.

Tokyo 2020 : Official Draw Reults (Women)

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Group E

“The players and everybody concerned within the workforce have been disillusioned to miss out on the 2016 Olympics, and we haven’t forgotten that feeling. The players are glad to be again within the event however they know the duty they carry. We’re each taking part in robust groups, however it’s nice for the players and our groups. We have to perceive what we’ll battle with and take into consideration how we’ll handle. What’s going to be vital is uniting as a workforce. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to overcome the tough circumstances we’re all in and play collectively.”
Nadeshiko head coach Asako Takakura

“There is little question we have now been drawn in a really thrilling group. The host nation Japan are a particularly proficient workforce and have been a robust power in girls’s soccer for a few years. Canada are one other excellent bodily workforce, as we noticed earlier this month when England and Wales each confronted them at house within the April FIFA window. Chile usually are not a workforce I do know fairly as nicely, however they put in a really spectacular efficiency in opposition to Cameroon to safe their place on this summer time’s Games for the primary time of their historical past. The players on our shortlist for Great Britain know what is anticipated of them if they’re to make our 18-participant squad. Physical and psychological resilience, along with versatility, will likely be essential to our possibilities of success on the Games. These are the qualities we’d like so as to deal with the calls for of Olympic event soccer, with a excessive frequency of video games over a brief time period. We will title our GB squad in direction of the top of May and with our first coaching camp now solely eight weeks away we are able to’t wait to get began.”
Team GB head coach Hege Riise

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Group F

“For the China PR women’s team, we will enter the Olympic Games with optimism and try to showcase the spirit of the Steel Roses. We hope our players can show what they are capable of in front of the watching world. Of course, the competition will be tough at this stage. No team will be easy. We will definitely give 200 per cent of us in each game. We have our dreams, we want to play good football, we expect to achieve good results. This requires a collective effort by all, the entire team, including our supporters.”
China PR coach Jia Xiuquan

“China is a technical team, also a tough, cohesive and aggressive team, they are preparing a lot for this competition. The Netherlands played in the World Cup final, and we know that it is a very good team, we know all the players because we’ve seen them many times. In this type of game, the players on the wings will be very important both in defence and in attack. And last but certainly not least, for Zambia we will have the chance to know a little more about them as we play them last, but my experience is that they are always very strong, fast and organised tactically.”
Brazil coach Pia Sundhage

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“It’s not that easy, of course. We reached a high level in the last tournaments and we reached the final. If we reach that level, we will indeed have to get through the group phase. It’s not like we go there and say we’ll see where we end. If you win more matches in the group, you will in principle encounter easier opponents in the next round.”
Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman through AD

Group G

“It’s difficult at the moment to say whether it is a good draw or not. Of course, there are three good opponents waiting, but from a logistical point of view, it looks like it will be a good setup. As always when you step into a championship, there is great focus on the first match and now it will of course be a good challenge to face the first-ranked USA. Above all, it feels good that we now know the opposition that awaits, and in which cities we will play. This gives us the opportunity to start working even more clearly with our planning and our preparations, everything from travel logistics to being able to start working with the analysis of the upcoming opponents.”
Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson

“We have great respect for all three of our group opponents and we know this tournament will push us to our limits both mentally and physically, as well as challenge us every game technically and tactically, so we will do everything we can in the next three months to prepare for success.”
USA girls’s head coach Vlatko Andonovski

“Obviously, it’s a tough draw in terms of top ranked teams from each pot. But it also means we have a lot of knowledge about the teams. Sweden, I know a lot about for natural reasons. The USA, I’ve been working with for years. And then obviously, all my staff know a lot about New Zealand as well. So we have a good insight of what we’re facing. But I do look forward to making sure that this team is challenged against the best because we’re on a long journey to prepare for the 2023 Women’s World Cup as well.”
Australia coach Tony Gustavsson

“We are in a gaggle with three different very robust groups, together with the world champions, however these are the alternatives we wish to show ourselves on the highest degree. After not having the ability to play for the previous yr it’s sensible to lastly have our opponents for Tokyo 2020 confirmed and we couldn’t have picked a greater first opponent in our FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 co-hosts Australia. The complete squad are actually simply enormously excited to get to Japan and get the competitors underway.”
Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni

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