Scotland coach Anna Signeul warns against complacency

Scotland were defeated 4-0 by Norway in their final warm-up before facing Slovenia
Scotland were defeated 4-0 by Norway in their final warm-up before facing Slovenia
Uefa Euro 2017 Qualifier: Slovenia v Scotland
Date: Tuesday 22 September Venue: Stadion Mestni, Ajdovscina, Slovenia Kick-off: 15:00 BST
Coverage: Report on the BBC Sport website & app

Anna Signeul has warned Scotland against complacency as they get set to begin their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign in Slovenia on Tuesday.

The Scots have been handed a promising group which also includes Belarus, Macedonia and Iceland.

"We all think is a good draw for Scotland, and we all think it's a great opportunity," said head coach Signeul.

"Our biggest enemy is maybe to be complacent and think that it's so easy."

She added: "But, I really feel when I meet all the players that they are so focused on the task and we will not be going to Slovenia and thinking that we have won that game.

"The players know this is the focus and we really need to play for it, and that feels very good."

Scotland warmed up for Tuesday's game with a 4-0 friendly defeat by Norway at Firhill as they bid to qualify for a major tournament for the first time.

They have gone close in their last two qualifying campaigns - finishing second and losing out in the play-off stage each time.

However, this time with the top two places in the group qualifying automatically for the finals, hopes are high Scotland will make it to the main event in the Netherlands.

Anna Signeul and Bayern Munich's Lisa Evans (right) plot the course to the European Championships in the Netherlands
Anna Signeul and Bayern Munich's Lisa Evans (right) plot the course to the European Championships in the Netherlands

"It's not good to lose a game 4-0, it's never good," said Signeul. "I don't know the last time we did that. We should be on the same level now, that's our target this campaign.

"We can't wait for Tuesday now, you know how it feels when you lose, you want to do the next game immediately."

Signeul fielded a makeshift team against the Norwegians, with the likes of Kim Little, Rachel Corsie and Ifeoma Dieke left out of the team.

And Scotland's Swedish-born coach said it was aimed at coping with the demands of a double-header.

"We don't have private jets, we are making two or three flights," she explained. "Of course it is more demanding, especially now we have Rachel Corsie and Kim Little in the USA, and it takes an eight-hour time difference.

"We could not afford to play them and have an injury. We played safe and kept our focus.

"I was really pleased with the young players coming in in the second half. They showed great pace, strong, stood up in tackles, and great technique. These are the players that should come into this campaign now because they are the future, they should take over."

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