20 June 2019
Both USA and Sweden World Cup squads are undefeated in group play and are poised to renew their rivalry in Le Havre on Thursday. U.S. coach Jill Ellis and player Christen Press answered questions from the media on Wednesday. Press said a loss to the Swedes in 2016 has stuck with her and her team-mates and that failure will be foremost in their minds on Thursday.
PLAYER, CHRISTEN PRESS said “I think that the team feels very different from the group that we took to the Olympics. But at the same time, I remember in 2015 the feeling that the group had, from the 2011 loss and how that really motivated people and carried us trough that tournament.”
COACH, JILL ELLIS said “You know I always watched films and watched Sweden and it is going to be a very intense game, combative game, a game probably with a lot of transitions. The game will be fiercely competitive inside the 18 on the both both ends.” “For Sweden again, I think every coach here wants the team play to your strengths and I think they would probably recognize that and try and do that."
The Swedish keeper and coach acknowledged that the U.S. squad will be looking for revenge and Gerhardsson said the U.S. team poses many different threats which will be a challenge to contend with. Both teams have secured sports in the tournament's knockout round but each squad will need a win to top the group.
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