“I think we’ll be thinking about it for probably until the next World Cup. But we’ve moved on now and ready to start playing again.”
The games against Chile will prove crucial for Milicic, whose side don’t play again until their first Olympic qualifying match against Chinese Tapei on February 3.
The Matildas also have pool games against Thailand and China, with the top two from their group progressing to a play-off round against the other pool.
And a few interesting comments from Milicic:
“Always as a national team coach, you want more games,” Milicic said.
“You look at our opponent (on Saturday), they’ve had four since the World Cup. We haven’t had any, (so) you always want more games.
“With the numbers that we have, we’re looking to give everyone an opportunity over the next few days to present themselves.”
I hope this means there’s support for more tournaments like the Cup of Nations, SheBelieves Cup and Tournament of Nations – they were fantastic to have as “warm-ups” of sorts before the WWC, but are vital for national teams looking to get some game time in, which in turn boosts popularity and awareness back in their home nations