Australia and Arsenal defender Steph Catley spoke to the media in Melbourne today ahead of this weekend’s game with Sweden. Impetus’ Ben Gilby reports (9/11/22).
Above: Steph Catley speaking to the media today at the Matildas training camp in Melbourne. Image: Football Australia.
Steph Catley is, at the present time, the perfect example of a player being able to be flexible to maintain her team’s defensive structure. The Arsenal star is looking to use these experiences into making her an even stronger performer on the international stage.
Catley outlined how the Matildas are looking to bring the positives from their last matches with South Africa and Denmark into this camp, despite there being some different faces in the squad.
“I’m happy to play wherever I’m put. I’ve been in different places for Arsenal lately, but happy to just be out there. Last camp we got the backline working well together. We’re really focusing in on it. We always want to get clean sheets. We’ve had players in and out due to injuries, so it’s about incorporating them back into the squad. It’s up to us as a team to make sure they are on the same page, and everyone being open and flexible.
“The last camp saw us build some momentum and get some wins, and we want to build on that. If we can play some good quality football and get some consistent performances we’ll be in a good place.”
With the Matildas defender newly arrived back in Australia, Catley revealed the impact the travelling is having on her, but reassured the gathered media it’s something she is used to now.
“It’s a typical day one for me, I’ve been up since 4am and I’m pretty tired, but the body’s in good shape, and I’m looking forward to be playing with the team this weekend.”
Sweden have been regular opponents for Australia under Tony Gustavsson, having faced them in friendlies and the Olympics. With these experiences, plus the Matildas Swedish head coach’s knowledge of their opposition, Catley was certain that her and her team mates will be well prepared.
“We’re looking at lots of footage of Sweden, focusing on the game plan and looking at how we can best stop them. They are a dynamic team with a lot of good players, particularly in the final third. We’ve got an in-depth analysis of them.”