Matildas starlet Logarzo brings the aggression


Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo says the aggression she’ll bring to the 2016 Rio Olympics could be beneficial to the squad.

The 21-year-old demonstrated in the Olympic qualifiers the sense of fearlessness and feistiness she had when attacking the opposition.

“It’s something I pride myself on,” Logarzo told FourFourTwo. “Staj (Matildas coach Alen Stajcic) said we don’t have enough aggression at times and we don’t stick it to the other team.

“I think I bring that to the team, I’m just an energetic character that tries to hype everyone up.

“It’s something we need to do here in Brazil as well and hopefully it won’t just be me, but it’ll be everyone else in the team and we’ll see where it goes.”

Logarzo holds just seven Australian caps to her name, but is hopeful of realising her dream when they kick off their Olympics campaign against Canada in Sao Paulo next week.

The Matildas finish off preparations with a friendly against Brazil in Fortaleza on Sunday morning (5am AEST), a game which will be used to iron out last minute hiccups in the squad.

Dubbed as “two players in one” by Stajcic a month ago, Logarzo said confidence was key in progressing as a player and conceded the upcoming campaign felt surreal.

“I still have to pinch myself sometimes, I still can’t believe I’m so close to the dream I’ve had since I was a little kid, it doesn’t feel real at the moment,” she said.

“I think once we get into all our Olympic gear and head over to where we’re staying I think it’ll really settle in, but it doesn’t feel real yet and I don’t think it will until we get there.

“Staj has instilled a lot more confidence in myself and the fact he’s given little comments to me, it’s made me feel like a very important player in this team and in the last few months which is good. My work ethic is something he enjoys watching and I’ll just continue to do that.”

Logarzo also spoke of the relationship she had with 16-year-old Matilda Ellie Carpenter and the drive they both had to succeed as footballers.

“I teach her how to drive and take her to camp, it’s good to have someone. Ellie’s practically my sister and I actually see her more than my real sister,” Logarzo joked.

“I like taking her under my wing and teaching her things even though I’m 21-years-old and I’m still learning so much for myself, I just want to raise her right the way we were brought up through the ranks.”

Logarzo’s career grows more as she continues her journey, leaving the W-League’s Newcastle Jets to sign with Swedish Damallsvenskan side Eskilstuna United and will partake in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League.

The young Matilda explained why she chose Europe over North America and conceded roommate and co-captain Lisa De Vanna had a big influence on her decision.

“Lisa made a valid point saying the way I play, what I bring to the team has a lot of energy and I think in the US league there are so many players like me,” she said.

“I need to go to a league where I can still stand out with my strong points and learn from the European teams working on my technical and tactical side, so that’s definitely why I chose Sweden because the little things I work on will be great for me.

“I really need to knuckle down and think about the Olympics and I’ve been keeping in contact with my coach (Viktor Eriksson) in Sweden, he’s been very good to me.

“I’m excited to tick off the Champions League which is on my bucket list for my football career and bring an Aussie to the league.”