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Matilda Alanna Kennedy says the team has learned many lessons in “being patient” during their Asian Cup campaign so far.
The Matildas were held to a goalless draw to a South Korean side who frustrated the Matildas through their defensive tactics in the opening game.
While the Matildas followed this by defeating Vietnam 8-0, Kennedy believes the team must be mentally strong to be able to counter such tactics.
“It’s a big mental battle in the game and it’s something we have had to learn to deal with,” Kennedy said this morning on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
The Matildas caught the attention of the football world after a dominant 2017 which has resulted in opponents opting to sit back and look to break on the counter.
“We have to make sure we’re ready for that counter and switched on at every moment,
“When we lose the ball we have to make sure we’re ready,” Kennedy said.
The Matildas play Japan in their final group match tonight where the winner will finish on top of Group B.
Kennedy believes the Matildas may have a “psychological advantage” over Japan after defeating them only recently, but believes the Japanese will be just as determined to finish on top of the group.
“A team like Japan are good enough on the ball to not sit back but I’m sure with the threat we have up front they might feel more comfortable to sit back,” Kennedy said.
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