The Orange Lions face Australia in an exhibition match on Tuesday. National coach Sarina Wickman mainly expects new information, new insights. Last Friday, the Netherlands lost 1-0 to Spain, but the outcome was less than likely.
Wickman needs new insights because the Olympics are coming. “You get a lot of information by playing against great nations from different theatrical styles and different cultures,” Wickman said. “I’m glad we can play against 2 countries in the FIFA rankings, so you have to play under the highest resistance. We played for a year against such weak opponents.”
After a trouble-free European Championship qualifiers, mainly with big wins, Spain surprisingly turned 1-0 at Orange last week in Marbella, which, according to Wigman, was chased down on several fronts. “I’ve never met a team that plays such a good position. They were able to put us under pressure for 90 minutes too. But I see it as an incident, a disappointment, but I’m not shocked.”
Wickman did not want to bring a completely different team to Nijmegen. “We will play in the strongest order possible with the available players and see if we can bring in players as the game progresses. I’m not going to change everything because the previous result was not good,” the coach said.
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