Milicic's mission for Westfield Matildas in 'last chance' to impress
It could be last chance saloon for some Westfield Matildas in Wednesday evening’s Cup of Nations clash with Argentina, according to Ante Milicic.
Australia entertain the South Americans in Melbourne aiming to seal the inaugural tournament in the team’s last match on home soil before the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June.
But there is a far greater prize at stake – a potential ticket to France 2019.
And as the Cup of Nations comes to an end, so too will some players’ hopes of securing their spot in Milicic’s mid-term plans.
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“Every game for the national team is important,” Milicic told www.matildas.com.au.
“I said it at the start of the camp the only guarantee for these girls is for this tournament only.
“We have a very strong game against America in April and there’s no guarantee that this 23 will be there.
“There’ll be some players coming back from injuries, everyone will have different club situations so it’s an opportunity tomorrow - the last chance for this particular 23 to showcase themselves.”
The Westfield Matildas have brushed New Zealand and Korea Republic aside in their opening two Cup of Nations fixtures.
But Milicic warned his side to avoid complacency against Argentina and urged his charges to improve upon the free-flowing attacking style on show in Sydney and Brisbane.
“We can always get better, we can always look to improve,” Milicic continued.
“I think it’s very clear the distinct style that we’ve shown in the first two games but we need to build on that.
“Argentina has some good individuals so we really have to be careful, particularly in transition because it’s a game where were expecting to dominate in possession.
“We’re looking to build on our first two performances.”