Westfield Matildas boss Alen Stajcic says Australia can beat any team in the world but has challenged his side to consistently perform on the international stage.
Australia jumped to sixth in the FIFA World rankings following wins over USA, Japan and Brazil at the Tournament of Nations last month.
CONSISTENCY KEY FOR MATILDAS
But ahead of the Matildas’ two-match friendly series against the Samba Stars, Stajcic says his team must replicate their recent impressive displays on a regular basis to develop into a world class side.
“I think we’ve shown we can beat the best in the world. We’ve beaten America. We probably should’ve beaten Germany at the Olympics, we’ve beaten Japan two times in a row now,” Stajcic told reporters on Friday.
“They’re the two last World Cup Finalists and the Olympic Gold Medalists.
“Our challenge is not beating them on any given day. Our challenge now is to be a consistent team.
“That was our challenge before. I think we’ve achieved that goal of being able to beat those teams. The challenge now is being able to replicate it, game in, game out.
“The truly world class sportspeople and sports teams are the ones that can do it game in, game out.”
AUSTRALIA AIMING FOR THE TOP
With Saturday’s game against Brazil in Penrith a sell-out, Stajcic believes the foundations are there for football to truly thrive in Australia.
“Australia deserve to be at the top of world football and we can get to the top of world football in men’s and women’s football,” Stajcic said.
“That’s our aspiration. We’re an aspirational country and that just feeds into our ego.
“Just getting a sell-out crowd just reinforces the message that football can be the sport we all crave it to be and want it to be…
“…We all want the sport to grow and we all want it to be the number one sport in the country.
“And we want to be the number one team in the world. They’re our aspirations and I think everyone in our team takes pride in that.”