Sarina Wiegman has admitted that it is an incredible feeling to win the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 with England.
The Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 in the final at Wembley yesterday with Chloe Kelly netting a dramatic winner in extra-time.
The 52-year-old has now won back-to-back UEFA Women’s EUROs with Wiegman having also lifted the trophy with her native Netherlands back in 2017. Yesterday’s victory also kept up Wiegman’s record of winning at least one trophy in all of her head coach roles throughout her career to date.
When speaking in the post-match press conference, Wiegman admitted that winning the trophy with England was incredible.
“After we had lifted the trophy, I thought ‘this is really incredible, we’ve just won it’,” Wiegman said. “For me personally and Arjan (Veurink), we’ve won it now for the second time in a row.
“I think I need some time to realise that but it is incredible.”
There was little to separate the two sides over the course of the 120 minutes and Wiegman struggled to put her finger on exactly what swung the game in England’s favour.
She said “They (Germany) really wanted to win too, there were two teams that really wanted to win that game and that’s what made it so tight. They were physical, they were organised, they’re a really good team so we had a hard time to play our game. We didn’t get a rhythm in the game, there were just a couple of moments.
“In the end, you score a goal and that’s why you win. We were really eager to score a goal and the quality and depth of this team showed again. I’m not sure if that was the reason but we scored a goal.”
The Lionesses will now become faces of English football and Wiegman said that players will be supported with their new-found levels of fame.
“It is incredible that you can be role models,” Wiegman said. “They didn’t go and play football to become role models but that comes with the job, it comes with the position they are in right now.
“One positive thing is that in England, women’s football is pretty big so some players at their clubs are already used to a little bit of fame but now, that really will go to the next level. Some players will need some support with that and that will take time. At the end of the day, you are a football player and you want to perform but more things will come with that. We will probably need to help some players, some will manage really well but it is something to be aware of later on.”
England’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 success sees the Lionesses win their first major title.