Scotland: Pedro Martinez Losa aims for qualification for the Women’s World Cup | Football news


Scotland’s head coach Pedro Martinez Losa has one main ambition for the new year, and that is to secure a spot for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The former Arsenal and Bordeaux female boss took charge of the national team this summer and immediately registered three qualifying wins, beating Sweden and then Hungary at home and away.

An 8-0 loss in their native Spain ended any chance of winning their group, but Scotland are still second and Martinez Losa is confident of his ambitions for the New Year.

Erin Cuthbert was part of the Scottish squad to beat Hungary at Hampden Park

“What I’m seeing is playing a play-off and qualifying for the World Cup,” he said, predicting what 2022 will be like.

“That would be the dream. Obviously what we want to do is try to win every game.

“Each goal and result is important, in terms of the coefficient for the future and the play-offs.

“We are aware of what we need to improve and what we want to improve. This is our goal and we are on this path.”

Risk of injury

The Spaniard admits he has concerns about how to handle his players as he aims for a World Cup berth in 2023.

This follows comments from her English counterpart Sarina Wiegman who voiced her own fears about the player’s workload, with so many players now playing in the Champions League as well as domestic football.

“We want to try to be the best team in second place,” said Martinez Losa.

“But the number of games players have to play is increasing dramatically, as is the injury rate.

“We have to consider how we deal with the players and this potential risk of injury.”

Become boss of Scotland

Pedro Martinez Losa will lead Scotland Women for the first time in their first qualifying game against Hungary on Friday.
Martinez Losa took the lead of Scotland Women for the first time in their first away qualifying match against Hungary

Martinez Losa entered women’s football almost by accident after being offered the post of women’s Superliga coach CF Pozuelo de Alarcon in 2007 when he was just 21 years old.

Over the next 14 years, her desire for rapid progress led her to success in women’s football in Spain, the United States, England and France, before being offered the job in Scotland – replacing Shelley. Kerr who left after failing to qualify for the Euro.

“I had had good experiences with the Scottish players I had coached before and I saw Scotland as a potential national team with talent that could be developed,” he said.

“I also saw the need for the country to progress in women’s football.

“I don’t think we’ve made any big changes since joining, it’s just trying to cover up some of the team’s weaknesses in the past.

Scottish women aim for 2023 World Cup berth
Scotland aim for 2023 World Cup berth

“We have shown in the past that we can achieve good results and prefer to focus on the process and increase the level of the players.

“We give a lot of detail to the players in terms of the collective preparation of the opponent, of us, of the individual players.

“Habits don’t change from day to day, habits must be worked on consistently.”


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