In the upcoming Group B game at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Australia defender Charli Grant anticipates a highly offensive approach from the Super Falcons. The Matildas faced a tough challenge in their previous match against Republic of Ireland, where the debutants employed a deep defensive strategy, causing difficulties for the co-hosts.
Grant, however, expects a contrasting style of play from the Super Falcons. “It will probably be a bit more of an open game on Thursday because Ireland do sit in a block, and Nigeria do like to press high,” Grant stated during a press conference. This change in tactics could provide an opportunity for players like Mary Fowler and Caitlin Foord to shine even more.
The team’s message is clear – they must adapt to the evolving circumstances. Grant acknowledged the vital roles played by Cait and Mary in the match against Ireland, emphasizing their significance in the upcoming game. While the absence of Sam, a key player, is felt, her absence will only amplify the energy and determination of the players filling her role.
By Adeboye Amosu
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