The Chile women’s national team had dropped off the FIFA rankings due to inactivity five years before the Tokyo Olympics. Three years later they finished runners-up at Copa America. After securing qualification for the World Cup, shifts its focus to the Tokyo Olympics where they will take on England in their first game. this will be the first time in their history that the women’s team will take part in the Olympics.
“The national team has achieved their success with the players’ clubs,” Navarro said about the chile team a the Tokyo Olympics. ”This is the most fundamental thing with this national team, the day-to-day work they do with the clubs. That’s 80% of the job – and the last 20% is done with the national team.”
“When someone wins a title and gets results, the directors always ask you want you to want,” she added. “I reached five finals before that 2018 final and lost them all, but I felt different this time. When I was drinking my coffee in the morning I was thinking ‘if we win, what am I going to ask for?’ If the men get to ask for things, so will I.”
The Chile national team had just one player playing club football in the country. Now there are 12 with just six others playing outside the country. Chile drew with world cup winners Germany last month.
“Some players came back to Chile because we offered them better resources and conditions,” said Navarro. “Karen Araya came back from Sevilla because we pay her more, she plays a lot more than she did in Spain and has an international tournament, such as the Copa Libertadores. This is fundamental for the success of the national team; the hours of training, the conditions of training and that player can dedicate themselves to football and be athletes 24 hours a day.”