Australian boss Tony Gustavsson pressured England forward of the World Cup semi-finals as he insisted the Lionesses are ‘huge favourites’ to win Wednesday’s recreation.
This is the primary time the Matildas have ever reached the semi-finals of a World Cup, beating England at this stage in each 2015 and 2019.
Fourth on this planet, the Lionesses have extra expertise in main tournaments, however Australia can be cheered on by a boisterous residence crowd of over 75,000 followers.
Gustavsson stated the Aussie followers will play a key function in Wednesday’s recreation, however added England are nonetheless the overwhelming favourite to progress to the ultimate.
“If you look at the rankings, it’s the favourites,” stated Gustavsson. “If you look at where their players play, they have starting players in top clubs, in top leagues around the world, not just starting eleven, up to 15, 16 (squad members).
Tony Gustavsson says the Lionesses are ‘huge favourites’ to reach the World Cup final
European champions England will face Australia on Wednesday at Stadium Australia
“Compared to us, we have bench players in those teams. We have players who play in mid-table teams in Sweden.
“So when you look at all of that and you look at resources, financially, they’re obviously huge favorites for this game. But the one thing we have that they don’t have is the support and belief of the fans. That in itself will be huge tomorrow.’
Several Australian players play in the England Women’s Super League, including captain and star striker Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley (Arsenal), Alanna Kennedy and Mary Fowler (Manchester City) and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham).
Gustavsson highlighted the investment the Football Association has made in women’s football, claiming that their budget is the same amount Australia has for all their national teams put together.
“They may be a little bit ahead of us in investing, in terms of money and resources, the same goes for the national team,” Gustavsson stated.
The Matildas take pleasure in a fairytale journey as they make it to the ultimate 4 for the primary time
“Someone informed me that the ladies’s program within the ladies’s affiliation has the identical funds as all of the nationwide groups in our soccer affiliation, that claims so much concerning the sources and cash they’ve and that additionally contributes to the event of the gamers.
“That means extra full-time workers, it means higher coaching amenities, extra sources, extra full-time gamers.
“We are originally of that journey and I hope to be sitting right here in 10 to twenty years saying that this (the World Cup) was a crossover second on the subject of investing in ladies’s soccer and we are able to have the identical sources. and the identical applies.’