Westfield Matildas’ coach Alen Stajcic was happy with what he described as a “very tough” draw after the Aussies were drawn with USA, Sweden and Nigeria at the Women’s World Cup 2015.
Speaking after the draw Stajcic said he couldn’t wait to start preparing the team for what is a big challenge.
“Obviously a very tough draw. And we come up against the world number one team [USA] in the first game,” he said.
“It definitely gives us a sharp focus now heading into the World Cup and the players know now it’s no holds barred playing possibly the toughest teams in each pot.
“We’ve really got to prepare well and I can’t wait for January to get stuck into preparations and show the world what we can do.”
“We’re really looking forward to it. You come to a World Cup and expect to play the best teams. And we certainly got that in our group," he added.
“We think we’re an improving team and this is the chance to test ourselves.
“It won’t be an easy game for anyone in the group. All four teams are of a similar quality.
“Can’t wait to play the number one team in the world in the first game.”