• Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Tunbull talks to Matildas co-captains Lisa De Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Matildas don't feel any extra pressure to deliver on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's prediction that they will play in the Olymnpic gold medal game.
14 Mar 2016 - 1:14 PM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2016 - 7:17 AM

The Matildas are bullish about fulfilling a prediction from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that they will play in the Olympic gold medal game in Rio.

The team were welcomed back from their unbeaten Asian Olympic qualifying campaign at a reception in Sydney on Monday, having made it through to the Games for the first time since 2004.

Mr Turnbull told the team:

"Australia is proud of you. All the very best for Rio. We will be playing for gold absolutely."

Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna did not shy away from the high expectation being heaped on the team.

"This time it's different. This time we're actually going there to win things," said De Vanna, the only member of the squad who played in the 2004 Athens Games.