Gustavsson and Catley ready to achieve something amazing

With the Commonwealth Bank Matildas set to kick off their AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ campaign tonight, head coach Tony Gustavsson and vice-captain Steph Catley spoke with media about their tournament opener against Indonesia.

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“We're obviously really excited to be here and we can't wait until our game,” Gustavsson said.

“I really trust the preparation.  It's not because of me, it's because of all the staff and the players that I have around me that have educated me and helped me to prepare for this tournament.

“We've had a really good pre-camp and the team is in a really good place physically, mentally, and we're really excited to get this started.” 

Meanwhile, Catley, who is just four matches away from a century milestone with the national team, spoke about the learnings the squad will take into this Women’s Asian Cup following a history-making Tokyo 2020 Olympics tournament.

“We've played a lot of major tournaments and we've seen to slowly progress into a position where we made it a little bit further and obviously got the opportunity to play off for a bronze medal, which was big for our team,” Catley said.   

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“But it was also very disappointing because we're a hungry team, and we feel that the quality that we have and the experience that we have, we can be challenging for medals and trophies.

“This is a really great opportunity for us, and I think we learned a lot from that experience at the Olympics.  It's going to hold us in good stead for getting further in this tournament and hopefully achieving something amazing.”

All of the Commonwealth Bank Matildas matches will be broadcast live on Network 10 and streamed via 10 Play in Australia. 

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Indonesia
Date: Friday, 21 January 2022
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Kick-off: 3.30pm (local), 9pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

Philippines v Commonwealth Bank Matildas
Date: Monday, 24 January 2022
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Kick-off:  3.30pm (local), 9pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play

Commonwealth Bank Matildas v Thailand
Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022 / Friday, 28 January 2022
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local), 01:00am (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and Exclusive on Network 10 and 10 Play 

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This article was originally published on the CommBank Matildas website.