Alen Stajcic says Filipinas now 'close to FIFA WWC peak'

Alen Stajcic says the Filipinas are now close to their peak. FIFA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Coach Alen Stajcic believes that the Philippine women's football team is already close to the perfect game shape needed to compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Filipinas have already arrived in New Zealand, where they will play their first-ever stint at a World Cup final.

"The whole point of the cycle of a World Cup is to be at your peak at the World Cup and I would say that we are at that point now and where we are close to that peak and we have 10 more days to try and reach that peak for July 21," Stajcic said on Monday night.

Despite all of these, though, he said that they are not focusing on their first opponents, Switzerland, just yet.

"I’m not really focusing on Switzerland, but focusing on how we are as a group, focusing on day to day training, traveling, arriving fit and healthy and ensuring that everyone is healthy for our training session and making sure that the time we have are used to fine tune the aspects of our games so by the time we play our first game, we’ll be in our best form," Stajcic continued.

The Filipinas' attention, according to their head coach, is on a closed-door friendly against world number three Sweden next Monday.

"It’s really exciting to be in the final period in our preparations. We have a friendly match in New Zealand that I’m focusing on and all the details that goes into each game is really important," Stajcic said.

Like the Filipinas and the Swiss ladies, the Swedes will play their group stages matches as well in New Zealand.

Sweden headlines Group G with South Africa, Italy, and Argentina.

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