Malta Football Association
Farrugia wants Malta to maintain positive attitude
Jun 6, 2019
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Malta coach Ray Farrugia (right) and goalkeeper Henry Bonello. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
Malta coach Ray Farrugia (right) and goalkeeper Henry Bonello. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA

  • Malta coach Ray Farrugia (right) and goalkeeper Henry Bonello. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
  • PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
  • PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA

Malta coach Ray Farrugia is fully aware that Sweden represent a formidable hurdle in Friday’s Euro 2020 Group F qualifier at the Friends Arena but insisted that his team will be heading into the match with a positive attitude.

Addressing the pre-match press conference at the Friends Arena in Solna, Farrugia also stressed that whatever the result against Sweden, he will be sticking to his policy of introducing more young players as this is crucial for the present and future of the national squad.


“Our objective from day one was to introduce more young players into the squad and we will not change that,” Farrugia said.


“We’ve lost some players for this match and the one against Romania due to injuries but there are others who can replace them.”


Speaking about the mindset of the players and tactical gameplan for this tough qualifier against Sweden, also in light of Malta’s perennial struggles against Scandinavian teams, Farrugia said: “We no longer go into the games thinking only about not conceding goals. The mentality is changing and we need to keep working on this.


“In the last few matches, we’ve created chances and also scored goals.


“Faroe Islands are also strong physically but in our home match against them, we held our own and managed to take the three points.”



Farrugia said that it’s imperative for his players to be fully focused and stay compact throughout the game as Sweden, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup last year, will be tough opponents.


“Sweden are a very strong team,” the Malta coach said.


“They have improved a lot in the sense that they play the ball more. Their game has changed as they move the ball around well and they are very compact.


“Their players work hard and play for each other... it will certainly be a difficult match for us.”


The Malta coach indicated that there could be a couple of new faces in the starting line-up on Friday.


In the absence of Michael Mifsud, injured, defender Andrei Agius is expected to captain the team against Sweden.


Also present for the press conference was goalkeeper Henry Bonello who said: “We know that this is going to be a difficult match but we’ve preparing for it for the past three weeks. We will certainly be doing our utmost to gain a positive result.”


Sweden have four points after opening their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Romania and a 3-3 draw against Norway.


Malta have three points from their opening two qualifiers following a 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands and a 2-0 defeat to Spain, both at home.

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