B.and Tom Garry
Lucy Bronze believes Team GB went a little “under the radar” in this women’s Olympic soccer competition, but the GB team is delighted with it.
With two wins from their first two games, GB qualified for the quarter-finals regardless of what happens against Canada today. But while some of GB’s medal rivals have made headlines around the world with scoring events, with Holland scoring 13 goals so far, Brazil scoring eight goals and Sweden beating world champions USA with a 3-0 win, GB’s results have been more of an understatement.
Hege Riise’s team are the only team to keep two goals and one of only two [along with Sweden] after a 2-0 win against Chile and 1-0 against Japan to have scored six out of six possible points.
“Our coaches have confirmed that we are putting ourselves under pressure,” said Bronze. “We got pretty under the radar in this tournament. Normally when we play for England we would probably have a little more noise around us, but I think because the Olympics have so many other things that we focus on and there have been … some shocking results, we’re just going about our business in silence.
“We’re not happy about a good result, but we’re not too disappointed when we’re not at our best. The coaches, players and staff did a really good job of keeping our cool and focusing on the next game. since these standard clichés are working for us at the moment.
“We’re doing pretty well, but we have to focus on so much and the games are all played on the same day. The focus is here, there and everywhere while we are just going about our business.”
If GB can avoid losing in Kashima today, they would win Group E and play in the same place again in the quarter-finals on Friday. Chelsea striker Fran Kirby is said to have been back in the squad after resuming training prior to the start of the games.