The stage has been set and Las Rojitas are ready for the 90 minutes that they have been waiting for so long. In this Wednesday's opener of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, hosts Chile want to enjoy the fruits of hard work by beating England in Coquimbo.
Their Spanish coach Marta Tejedor believes she has led the South Americans to a higher level over the past few months and is confident that Chile will get the points in the Group A clash. "We are very excited and we are really looking forward to our opening match as we expect the stadium to be full," she said. "My players are well prepared in every respect."
The Chilean side can bank on the support of a whole country, but face an England team that is regarded as one of the world's strongest side. "I like studying teams and so I did with them," she continued. "I do not want to send any flowers to England but I think they have great players."
However, Tejedor is not the only one that pays respect to the opponent. "We played Chile here in Coquimbo in February and we have been impressed by their progress since then," admitted England coach Mo Marley. "It will be a difficult match. But I also expect it to be a very interesting one as both sides want to play attractive football. At the end, the result of the game will also have a lot to do with psychology and fitness".
England aim high at this tournament and are keen to send out a clear message to the big guns by causing silence in the Estadio Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso tonight. "It is a fantastic stadium and we are very pleased with the quality of the pitch," continued Marley. "We are excited about the opportunity to play the opener here. The whole organisation and hospitality hasbeen first class."
Tejedor would be happy to hear some more of Marley's praise for Chile again after thefirst showdown of the tournament.