The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 will reach its conclusion on Sunday with the play-off for third place and the final. The four remaining coaches fielded questions from journalists on the eve of the last two games.
FIFA.com brings you a round-up of their comments.
Play-off for third place
Korea DPR – France, Montreal, 24 August 2014, 16:00 local time
Gilles Eyquem, France coach
“It’s a little difficult to keep the team motivated after our disappointing defeat by Germany in the semi-final. We’re trying to convince the girls to forget that loss and concentrate on winning a bronze medal. It’s always good to be able to travel home with something to show for your efforts, and we haven’t yet been able to win a medal at an U-20 Women’s World Cup, so it’s important for us. It’s a good experience for the girls to play at such a high level against all kinds of teams from many different nations. Korea DPR are a good side, and they’re used to playing in the final stages of major tournaments. We beat them in the final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2012 in Azerbaijan, so that’s one way to motivate our group. We hope we can end this contest with the best possible result and take a medal home with us. It’ll be a tough match against a great team.”
Hwang Yong Bong, Korea DPR coach
“We’ve already played five matches and our players have not been able to recover their full physical strength. I think our team have learned a great deal at this tournament. Our aim was to stay in this competition until the very end, and we’ve done that. We’re very happy to be able to play off for third place. We previously played France at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. We’ll try to give our all to win this match and go home with a medal.”
Nigeria – Germany, Montreal, 24 August 2014, 19:00 local time
Maren Meinert, Germany coach
“We’re very pleased to be able to contest this final; it was clear we were the luckier team in the semi-final. Although it’s the same match as in 2010, it doesn’t really have anything to do with that game because none of those players are still in the team. Every year of youth football brings with it another new group of players, so you can’t compare one result with another. We’re looking forward to playing Nigeria. So far we’ve only faced strong opponents, and Nigeria are definitely another one; they’ve had a great tournament. I think we’ll have to put in a good overall defensive performance to deal with their top goalscorer – that’s the only way we’ll come through.”
Peter Dedevbo, Nigeria coach
“We’re very happy to be part of this competition and be able to qualify for our second final. We faced five very difficult games during this tournament. We lost to Germany in 2010, and this time we’re meeting them again so we want to try and improve on our showing from four years ago. Germany are a very good team; we want to respect them and want them to respect us too. We want to give our very best in this match.”