Given Morocco’s modest global ranking of No. 76 at the World Cup, Canadian coach Beau Priestman expects her seventh-ranked team to be tested by Atlas Lyonnais on Monday.
The African Cup of Nations has invested in its program and hired a top coach in former France international Renal Pedros, who twice led Olympique Lyonnais Feminine to the UEFA Women’s Champions League title and the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He was named the best coach.
“You invest and you put professionalism around a team and that can make a big difference… we have to stay active all the time,” said Priestman, referring to Morocco’s ability in certain areas. with hints
“A very well organized team. I expect it’s not going to be a walk in the park for us trying to beat them.”
Plus, facing Olympic champions Canada brings out the best in opponents.
“When you’re playing Canada, the Olympic champion, it’s the game of their life and they’re going to do whatever it takes to get that result,” Priestman added. “It will give them hope for the World Cup. We know that and we have to keep our standards really high.”
The Canadian coach says he doesn’t put much stock in the world rankings these days.
“The margins are getting tighter and tighter. And that’s great,” she said. “Because there is no easy (global) window now. They all have their own challenges, just in a different way.”
Canada defeated Argentina 2-0 on Friday in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain. The Canadians took the lead in the second half with an own goal by the Argentine in the 68th minute and a goal by substitute Chloe Lacasse in the 87th minute.
Morocco beat No. 32 Poland 4-0 in Seville, Spain last Thursday.
Canada has faced Morocco twice before, both of which were played in February 2001 during the camp in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
Canada won the first match 4-0 and lost the second match 1-0 two days later.
Canadian captain Christian Sinclair, Ashley Lawrence, Vanessa Giles, Dean Rose, Gabriel Carl and Jade Royer are all missing due to injury.
Full-back Alesha Chapman is also out after suffering a lower leg injury in Argentina’s physical game, Priestman confirmed on Sunday.
Priestman promised “quite a bit of change in the lineup” for Monday as he tries to balance the need to give some playing time to new faces while keeping his veteran players “ready (and) busy.” keep
Monday’s match at the Estadio Mayor de Chapin in Jerez comes in the final international window before next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup tie in Auckland on October 22 in Australia and New Zealand.
Priestman says Canadian Soccer is close to securing its opposition for the November window.
Canada’s women are 9-2-3 this year with losses to the United States, 1-0 in the CONCACAF W Championship final in July, and Spain, 1-0 in the Arnold Clark Cup in February.
Canada qualified for the World Cup at the CONCACAF W Championship and has won three straight since losing to the United States.
Morocco will make their World Cup debut at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations after being eliminated by South Africa at No. 54. Qualified for the World Cup by reaching the semi-finals.
But, like Canada, it is missing key players, including captain Gheslin Chebak, who tied for the United Nations Cup lead with three goals and was named tournament MVP.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who plays for ASFAR (Association sportive des forces armees royales) in Rabat, is recovering from surgery.
Tottenham striker Rosela Ayana has been ruled out with a broken ankle. Ayana beat 11-time champions Nigeria, the 46th-ranked team in the region, in the semi-finals of the United Nations Cup in a decisive 5-4 penalty shootout.
Ayana, who has represented England at under-17 and under-19 levels, also scored in the 2-1 defeat of South Africa in the final.
Defender Zainab Ridwani and forward Fatima Zahra Tagnaut, who joined Cheboksary in the UN Best XI Cup, both played in the recent defeat to Poland. So is veteran midfielder Salma Amani, a midfielder with Metz who has played in the French top flight.