Simon and Siemsen: "The group does not want to let this Asian Cup slip by"

Commbank Matildas' forwards Kyah Simon and Remy Siemsen spoke to the media earlier today about being selected as part of Tony Gustavsson's initial AFC Asian Cup squad.

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Kyah Simon is amongst a large cohort within the national team squad, that will play out their four AFC Asian Cup campaign, when the tournament kicks off in late-January.

The 30-year-old understands the mentality needed to be successful in major tournaments, crucial information for forward partner and cup debutant Remy Siemsen.

"We build our confidence early and we get more confident as we get deeper into the tournament, that's going to be crucial for us, especially early in the Group stage," Simon explained.

Tournament football is just as much about lessons from the first game as lessons from the last, so for us to succeed, it's about maintaining that consistency throughout.

Simon's comments about gaining momentum early in tournaments are fitting, considering the forward's match-winning display in the side's first match at the Tokyo Olympics that helped propel the side into the semi-finals for the first time.

 

In Tokyo, it was the big game managerial experience of Tony Gustavsson that helped the Australians reach a higher level, with the Swede having now installed an importance on utilising an entire squad during matches.

"If Tony rotates the squad then we know we've got the players to succeed, whoever comes in each game, we can keep the quality and maintain that,"

There's a standard and consistency throughout. So then, when it does come to the money end of the tournament, we can still be fit and firing, playing our best football.

"I think definitely drawing on the Olympics, we can touch on the experiences there and the mentality that we had throughout that tournament. It was definitely one of my career highlights, purely for the vibe that we had around the group, the belief that we had and the style of play will playing.

 "I think that helps the team confidence and morale, then going into another major tournament. It's a huge opportunity this Asian Cup, it only comes around every four years, and I definitely know as a group we're not letting his slip. Hopefully, we can go there and play some of our best football and come home with silverware."

Kyah Simon scored the decisive penalty in the 2010 AFC Asian Cup Final, the strike that won Australia's first piece of major footballing silverware.

Supporters will be hoping for a victory to be settled before the dreaded shootout, but just in case a match does go all the way in India, Simon will still have our back all these years later.

Oh, I never say no [to taking a spot kick]. I will be ready for any situation.

"Depends what number in the order, wherever Tony puts me. I'm happy to step up to the spot, I enjoy the pressure, so if I'm anywhere in the order, I'll answer the call."

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Her strike partner for the tournament and future prodigy, Remy Siemsen will travel to India prepared for a large amount of minutes as coach Gustavsson regularly rotates his squad of players. The Sydney FC forward enters the tournament as arguably the inform player in the A-league Women's competition.

The 21-year-old may be a debutant to senior tournaments, but recalls her international experiences at junior level.

"My last campaign we been with the under 20s national team so i'm very much looking forward to it. Being back in a tournament setting, you notice how different they are from international friendlies, the turnarounds can be quite quick,"

We want to be lifting this trophy at the end of the tournament.

"I hope that we have the squad depth, that can come in and make an impact in every single game that we play, because every game will be so crucial so for us. For me, I just want to go in and make an impact in any way, develop my game in this environment."