Malta Football Association
"I want my team to play football and try and keep control of the ball" - Ghedin
Nov 15, 2014
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Photos: Paul Zammit Cutajar
Photos: Paul Zammit Cutajar

  • Photos: Paul Zammit Cutajar

On Saturday morning at 10:00 Hrs the Maltese national team had its official training session at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.


Everyone in the provisional squad seems to have recovered and is fit for the match including Andrew Hogg from the knock he had sustained in training in Malta. Clifford Gatt Baldacchino on the other hand did not travel with the team as he is not hundred per sent recovered.


After the official training open to the media Paul Fenech at the press conference said “Apart from the good performance we had in the last match we are looking forward to the match against Bulgaria. It is a tough game but after the last result here we need to give a good performance to try and get something out of this match”. Asked about the last two matches Fenech explained that “we need to take the positives from them and analyse the negative points and think about the match of tomorrow to continue in our gradual improvement. With a good performance we can aspire to score the first goal in these qualification matches.”


Clayton Failla reiterated that “everyone knows that this is going to be a difficult game and we will need to show a strong character. We are not afraid and tomorrow will be another kind of game. In the past yes we lost six nil here and then after that game we showed character at home narrowly losing to Bulgaria 1-2. It will be a completely different game and we hope we will be able to get a good result. We need to concentrate on this match and forget the past ones and try and get some points from this match. As a team we need to get a great performance and if we play collectively and fight for every ball, yes I believe we can do it.”


Pietro Ghedin was delighted to hear that the two players in press conference reaffirmed that we are not afraid. “I want my team to play football and try and keep control of the ball. We want to go in the pitch knowing and convinced that we are a good team and in good shape. I am proud to hear my players speak this way and I have faith in tomorrow’s match knowingly that we will have a good match” he said.


Ghedin regards Bulgaria as being part of the elite of international football. They are a great team and they did well in the last competition even though they were with us in a very difficult group. This time they started not so well, they were unlucky and they also found tough opponents in their way. He said “we also have something which we need to be forgiven about, losing here 6-0 still feels very heavy for us and we want to be the team we were before”. Asked about Mifsud, Ghedin said that yes Michael is an icon of Maltese football but this has given an opportunity to see a young player like Jean Paul Farrugia to start in this match.


Malta plays Bulgaria on Sunday 16th November at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia at 20:45 Hrs. The match will be shown live on TVM 2.

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