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England thrill as Algarve, Cyprus teams reflect

Cyprus Women's Cup winners England, Algarve Cup runners-up Germany and the other seven UEFA Women's EURO 2013 contenders in action reflect on their week's work.

Karen Bardsley leads England's celebrations
Karen Bardsley leads England's celebrations ©UEFA.com

Nine of the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 finalists got four games and more than a week of warm-weather training under their belt at the Algarve Cup and Cyprus Women's Cup, which both concluded on Wednesday. England are celebrating beating Canada to win the Cyprus competition while Germany lost their grip on the Algarve title in the final. UEFA.com rounds up reaction from the nine teams preparing for the finals in Sweden come July.

England, Cyprus winners
It was a really good tournament for us on the whole and we have learnt a few lessons as well. I thought we did really well against Italy, New Zealand and Canada, but we let our standards slip a little against Scotland. But we got to the final and won it and now we need to maintain that form. We need to do it when it counts. For me, one of the most pleasing things is that we have won this tournament having used all of the squad and that just proves the depth we've got now. We now know that we've got players that can come in and do a job.
Casey Stoney, captain

Germany, Algarve runners-up
We teed up their goals ourselves [to lose the final 2-0 to the United States]. We weren't close enough to the opposition in the first half and we weren't able to combine as we usually do. We managed to put more pressure on them in the second half. [Overall] I'm happy with the way we performed here.
Silvia Neid, coach

Norway, Algarve third place
I am very pleased with how the team performed in the tournament and that we got the bronze medal in the end. I have learned a lot in terms of individual ability. We have rotated the team through four games and seen all the players. For me, as a coach, this is important information. Now we can build on this and form a starting XI for the summer.
Even Pellerud, coach

Sweden, Algarve fourth place
I have learned a lot. Right now, Kristin [Hammarström] is first-choice goalkeeper and therefore she had to play in all matches. Nilla Fischer was again flawless and the midfield pair of [Caroline] Seger and [Lisa] Dahlqvist feels good. Seger ran the [third-place play-off against Norway] in the first half. I want Lisa to plan and together they are good. But Lisa has to cope for 90 minutes, she does not always do that right now. Not that she is not fit, but a central midfielder must rest sometimes – you cannot run all the time. Lotta Schelin and Kosovare Asllani are a strong attacking pair. The understanding is not quite perfect yet, but it will be. And on the wing Antonia Göransson has been good.
Pia Sundhage, coach

Netherlands, Cyprus sixth place
This result is always disappointing, as you always play to win, but we have to take into account our goals in being here and the teams we fielded. We came here with a large squad of 28 players. Almost everyone has been given playing minutes, meaning we played a lot with different lineups. That means we got a good picture of everyone, also the newcomers. Besides that, we were able to train excellently here. In short, these have been 12 important and useful days.
Roger Reijners, coach

Denmark, Algarve seventh place
Overall I am content with our way of playing and partly with our results. A goalless draw against Germany was fine, while we would like to have won against Norway. We also played well against Japan in spite of the defeat, and then we finished in style against Mexico. However, we still have to work on being better at scoring goals, while I think our defence has become really good.
Kenneth Heiner-Møller, coach

Finland, Cyprus seventh place
It was a really good tournament for us – we met good teams and in particular different kinds of teams. We have learned a lot about ourselves, our weaknesses and also our strengths. I am displeased with just the Switzerland game. Should we have won that game, we would have played for a top position.
Andrée Jeglertz, coach

Iceland, Algarve ninth place
We were excited by having a stronger squad than before thanks to fewer injuries, but we did not expect too much and my demands were moderate because our last time together was five months ago. We played well the first half against the US but badly against Sweden, so we sat down discussed our performance and the last games were better. It was good to meet and test ourselves against the best teams – we learned a lot and will improve our game. We will probably be in great shape in the finals.
Siggi Eyjólfsson, coach

Italy, Cyprus ninth place
When you lose three games in a row it means more than one thing went wrong. We are well behind other teams in terms of preparation, but I'm sure in July it will be a different story. We have many young players in the team, but we don't have to give them too much responsibility now. They will have to give their support to the team, but expectation must not be too high because it's not easy for them to handle the pressure.
Patrizia Panico, captain

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