Wiegman’s personal experiences in main a number nation to success in tournaments is self-evident, having steered her homeland the Netherlands to victory at Euro 2017, in addition to a runner-up spot on the World Cup two years later.
But the 52-year-old concedes that the state of affairs with England differs to the Dutch expertise 5 years in the past and has already described how the problem with the Lionesses is to not win the backing of residence supporters, however to show the gamers the way to win event soccer.
“There is a different stage; with the Netherlands, we weren’t visible yet,” she mentioned. “We had been at tournaments two occasions, and from 2009 we had been on the Euros for the primary time.
“England has a way more wealthy historical past in tournaments. So England was at a special stage and I believe we have already got gained over the nation; sure we will nonetheless win a lot of followers however the expectations listed below are larger than they had been in 2017 within the Netherlands.
“So we wish to make the nation proud and that comes with successful video games. But behind successful video games, you play the perfect sport you may to make the prospect of successful.
“Then you come into the process and that’s what we’re working on. So how do we get control? How do we prepare the best we can? On pitch, off pitch. What can we expect on pitch, off pitch? And just prepare for everything so we can adapt in every situation, hopefully.”
In the meantime, with curiosity and enthusiasm for the Lionesses’ Euros bid gaining momentum, Wiegman hopes that the experiences she gained in establishing the Netherlands as a world energy will assist her – and her gamers – deal with the heightened stress of being a event favorite.
“I’ve experienced expectation,” mentioned Wiegman. “So, from the Euros to the World Cup with the Netherlands, the expectations had been actually excessive.
“So, I’ve skilled each now, and in addition the Olympics, so I do know the expectations are excessive right here. But that’s the stage England soccer is at.
“So, we wish to win too and we expect we have now an excellent staff so we simply actually need to work, do our utmost to be ready in addition to doable and play the perfect sport we will from July 6 to July 31 after which put together from sport to sport.
“Before the event we handle the expectation on and off the pitch. And then we have now a staff plan; discuss to one another, preserve speaking with one another. We know what our plan is and preserve it small inside the staff.
“The atmosphere we’re in now, there are such a lot of good groups, so once we play the perfect sport we will, the prospect of successful is excessive. But it might occur that one other staff is actually good to on the sector and we don’t win.
“Well then, you would be really, really disappointed but you can still be proud of yourself because we did everything and I think when we play the best game we can then the chances of winning are pretty high.”