After the victory over Argentina, Pia highlights the performance of debutants for the national team: ”Animator”

This Friday afternoon, the Brazilian Women’s Team went to the field to face Argentina, in Paraíba. With the performance of three ”new faces” in the team, the Brazilians won 3-1. In a virtual press conference after the game, Pia Sundhage, coach from Brazil, praised the performance of Bruninha, Thais and Katrine.

“I’m really excited, there are new faces, new types of passes. I think our first step towards the future was very exciting. What I saw today against Argentina makes me happy. I like it when they try new things. Of course, in your first matches for the national team, it’s normal to make mistakes. But I’m looking forward to it because I think the mistakes will be tiny. I like the fact more that they have the courage to try”, said the Swede.

This was the Women’s Team’s first test after being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the Canadian team, which would later take gold. Pia saw positive changes in the team after Japan, especially with the arrival of the newcomers.

”I was very optimistic. I was really expecting a change in this first step after the Olympics, and for sure they (rookies) took this chance. Some were nervous, but at the same time I believe all the new players did really well. They will have more chances in the future”, he said.

”(The newcomers) called my attention in different ways, mainly because of how the training has been. The atmosphere is different, which is a good thing. I have had the chance to create a new group of players. We’ve been talking a lot about challenging the lines. In the game we try a lot with the ball. I think we could have been a little more patient. But in the end, I believe it was a good start”, concluded the coach.

The team’s next commitment will be against Argentina once again. This Monday, the teams will face each other again at 4 pm (GMT), at the Almeidão Stadium, in João Pessoa.

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