Sam Kerr & Tony Gustavsson | Pre-Match Press Conference | Sweden v Australia | FIFA Women's World Cup™
Australia will take on Sweden in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ third-place match, with the chance to pick up a bronze medal up for grabs when the two sides meet on Saturday at Brisbane Stadium.
Head Coach Tony Gustavsson and captain Sam Kerr were available to the media during a Pre-Match Press Conference following Australia's final training session before their last game of the 2023 edition of the tournament.
The Bronze Medal Match will see Australia return to Brisbane Stadium Australia for the third time this tournament, advancing to the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over France in their last visit to Brisbane.
“We want to win the bronze medal, to bring a World Cup medal would be amazing. It really feels like we have brought the nation together over football." Kerr said.
“It feels like we’ve done something amazing for the country … but there is definitely work still to be done.” she continued.
"For us, this has been the most amazing four weeks of our careers. What's happened on the pitch but also off the pitch. The way the country has got behind us, we never dreamed this could happen."
Head Coach Tony Gustavsson talked about player selection ahead of the Bronze Medal match, with it being revealed today that Alanna Kennedy will miss the match with delayed concussion symptoms stemming from Australia’s quarter-final victory over France.
“This is a third-placed game – we’re playing for a medal. I’m going to make sure we have a line-up that is the strongest line-up we can have, but also the strongest finishing line-up.
“I’m going to plan what I think is best for the team in this one game, and not look at it as a bigger picture than that."
“We have gone with a strategy where we think relationships and continuity in tournaments is key. It’s just a strategy we believe in.”
FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ - Third-place match
Sweden v Australia
Date: Saturday, 19 August 2023
Venue: Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 6:00 pm (AEST)
Broadcast: Optus Sport and Channel 7
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