Spain’s Women’s team have issued a statement in which they assess their performance at the 2015 World Cup Canada and make a call for a change to the coaching staff, Ignacio Quereda and his team, who they feel, were principally at fault for the team’s premature elimination from the tournament. The 64-year-old coach has been in charge of the women’s national team since 1988 and the current crop of players believe that change is needed to usher in a new era for women’s football at international level in Spain.
The statement reads as follows:
“Following our elimination from the World Cup, we feel it is the right moment to evaluate our own participation in the event and draw conclusions. Both individually and collectively, the 23 players who form part of Spain’s Women’s team have made a self-critical assessment of our performance and we recognize that it could have been much better. This generation of players has the talent and commitment to have gone further in Canada.
In spite of that, and while assuming our own responsibility for our early exit, we would also like to publicly air the general feeling of the group, of all 23 of us. It is evident that the preparation for these World Cup finals was not adequate, there were insufficient pre-tournament friendlies, we were given limited time to acclimatize on arrival in Canada and the analysis of our opponents and the way the team prepared for our matches was simply not good enough – and that has been the case for a long time now. We believe that we have reached the end of an era and change is required. We have expressed these feelings to the coach and his technical team. Once confidence is lost and the ability to connect and transmit ideas to the squad is gone, it is very difficult for objectives to be reached.
We still have a long road to go down and many doors will open along the way. This is a great moment for our sport – with many challenges and dreams lying ahead, which is why we feel that it is our joint responsibility to set the path we know we must now take. We will see where we get to and how we get on”.