Malta Football Association
Degabriele hopes Georgia game will restore confidence
Sep 11, 2018
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The Malta Under-21 team will be chasing a morale-boosting performance and result when they meet Georgia in a friendly match against Georgia this evening (Tuesday) at the Centenary Stadium (kick-off 17.00).

Malta U-21 and Hibernians forward Jurgen Degabriele is hoping that he and his team-mates will put the Belgium defeat behind them.


“We were prepared for the Belgium game, training in the last 10 days has been intense with coaches Silvio (Vella), Noel (Turner) and physical trainer Karl (Attard) working on several aspects of our game, both as a team and individually," Degabriele told


“I believe physically and tactically we were ready but Belgium's non-stop running on the flanks, their one-touch direct football and set-pieces put us under pressure all the time.


“Belgium have some skilful players who will definitely make their mark in the future. We knew they wanted the three points and possibly score as many goals as possible to enhance their goal difference in their fight with Sweden (level on points) to win Group 6 and obtain automatic qualification.


“Now Belgium is in the past and we must focus on Georgia this Tuesday, learn from our mistakes and try to build on the positives."


Degabriele admits that the final two Group 6 qualifiers against Hungary and Cyprus in October could be defining for our Malta U-21 team as it will be the last chance to win some points in a very difficult group.


"This qualifying group has been very difficult, nevertheless we had a big share of bad luck as against Hungary and Cyprus away from home where we had our moments and in both matches we only conceded and lost in the dying seconds," Degabriele said.


“The Georgia friendly on Tuesday is very important, we are not taking it lightly. Although it’s a friendly, these 90 minutes are an opportunity for us to regain confidence and boost the team's morale.


“Over the past days, we had long discussions with coach Silvio and his staff. Against Georgia it is important for us to avoid stupid mistakes, stay focused throughout the whole 90 minutes, and be more aggressive especially on the second balls in the middle."

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