Hills targets Olympic surprise

16 July 2012 / 20:56

Great Britain's women's football team are set to cause a few surprises during the London 2012 Games, according to assistant coach Brent Hills.

Having qualified as hosts and with this being the first time a Team GB women's team has taken part in the Olympics, they go into the tournament without a ranking.

Despite being an unknown element Hills said: "The preparations are going really well. The major focus is to integrate the squad and then fill in the tactics. Only if they can go out as a team and put on their best performance can they think about getting a medal."

With the team's fitness sessions and training going well without any major injuries, the players hope to put on a good show on home soil.

"Playing at home is a huge honour. Hopefully, we can get the crowd to support us and do Team GB proud," said midfielder Anita Asante.

Hills could not agree more, saying: "I was just talking about this with the girls. We're just so fortunate to wear the Team GB kit. We don't know when this will happen again, so it's a very good feeling."

Great Britain face New Zealand in their opening match on July 25 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

"New Zealand is going to be tough but we are hoping to really up our game," said defender Alex Scott. "The opening game is always the crucial one. It sets a momentum going on later in the tournament."

But Hills is calmer about the opening fixture.

He said: "You always want to win your first game but you can always make a little too much out of it as well. What matters is that you are able to produce a good performance. If you don't, it's not the end of the world. We have seen that in past competitions. But obviously it makes things easier."