Germany, Brazil and Canada are all out after a dramatic group stage but England reaped rewards of pragmatism
Having 32 teams in the Women’s World Cup rather than 24 made for a brilliant group stage. Just about every group went to an exciting last round. If there’s a key message to take from the opening fortnight, it’s that the biggest mistake any established nation could make would be to underestimate a smaller team.
There have been three major casualties already. A couple of others were on the brink. Why? It’s likely a combination of some nations developing fast but also some big nations really underperforming. Canada, Brazil and Germany have real quality, especially Germany, and yet all three have flown home.
Written by Jonas Eidevall
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/aug/04/womens-world-cup-germany-brazil-england-sarina-wiegman-tactics under the title “Wiegman adapts England approach as World Cup giants pay for complacency | Jonas Eidevall”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.