Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women’s head coach Carolina Morace says her squad is settling into a level of preparation that is conducive to international football and she expects their will be continued improvements in fitness levels and tactical awareness.
The team is currently in a residential camp ahead of Sunday’s International Warm up with the Venezuela Senior Women’s Team at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 4pm.
“First of all here the mood is good because we are in a beautiful hotel and it’s the first time that the players are staying together since we began training. We are doing some team building that helps the players to get to know each other better and they are appreciative of that,” Morace told TTFA Media.
“It’s good to see them all day and all speaking and laughing together. That is a very good thing. I am happy about that because a team actually becomes a team when the players to come everyday to the field with a smile and to want to come to us coaches and enjoy the training. I was a player before so I know how important it is for the player to have a lot of involvement. They play because they play for each other, they are friends in the field and they want to represent the country in the best way possible,” she added.
“The players are looking forward to this match just as a verification to see where they are at in this time to understand and to see where we are at. It’s normal that the players training with us everyday will know better about the movement that I want from them but also the players who are now joining us I can see they are very focused also. It is important that they understand the need for that.
“We are working on timing, on ball possession and how we must play when we have the ball. And in non ball possession we will play zonal. Of course the coaches before may have had a different style. We will try to have strong team in defence when we do not have the ball and then be ready to attack when we are in possession of the ball.”
The Italian-born added that there is continuous efforts on the physical readiness of the players which she expects to improve over time.
“We know that we are not in the best physical condition right now so we have to decide if we have to attack high or whether it’s better in an intermediate way. Our staff is working hard in the camp every day to have the players ready. We are all curious and all excited to play these two games,” Morace said.
Both T&T and Venezuela will meet on Sunday form 4pm and then again on Wednesday March 29th at Ato Boldon Stadium at 7pm. Tickets cost $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered) and will be available at the venue on gameday.
T&T Squad for Venezuela matches