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Matildas still affected by Stajcic sacking, says Bosnich

3:04 AM GMT+4 11/06/2019
Alen Stajcic Matildas
The green and gold struggled in their World Cup opener

After seeing the Matildas fall to Italy in their first match of the 2019 Women's World Cup, Mark Bosnich is adamant Alen Stajcic's axing as coach earlier this year is still having an impact on the side. 

New Australia coach Ante Milicic came under heavy criticism for his tactics against Italy with former Matilda Heather Garriock describing the team's high-line as 'absolutely ridiculous'.

Bosnich declaring in the aftermatch that Australia must adjust their tactics if they are to progress to the knockout stages and adamant that Stajcic's sacking has hurt the side.  

"You’ve got to make some tweaks, because if you don’t, on the evidence I’ve seen, they’re going to struggle to get past the group," Bosnich said on Fox Sports show Bill & Boz

"And if they don’t get past the group, there’s going to be hell to pay.

"Not only because of the fact of their performance, but because of everything that’s gone on in the last five months with the Alen Stajcic thing which has been an absolute debacle.

"And the apology that came out last week and really for anyone to say, including those at the FFA, that hasn’t had an effect on the girls is living in gaga land."

According to AAP, Football Federation Australia attempted to shutdown questions asked about the impact of Stajcic's sacking on the Matildas following the Italy loss.

While Stajcic's shadow does loom large over the side in France, Matildas veteran Lisa De Vanna is determined to see the side bounce back against Brazil.

"I guess now it's a big hurdle for us and we have to rise," De Vanna said.

"There's no bigger team to do that against than Brazil."

Australia take on Brazil on Friday morning and will play their final group game against Jamaica on June 19.