Malta Football Association
Malta Coach happy with the performance but not with the final result
Sep 4, 2021
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Credit: Domenic Aquilina
Credit: Domenic Aquilina

  • Credit: Domenic Aquilina

“Up to two, three years ago, a loss of 1-0 to a country like Slovenia would have been a positive result.  However today the players are really disappointed and angry because of this result and that makes me happy.  It means that the mentality is changing,” said Devis Mangia while speaking to the media during the post match press conference.


He spoke highly of all the players in the team, of their performance and of their improvement.  He explained that the team was aware that Slovenia were tough opponents.


Mr Mangia reiterated that the team’s objective is to improve performance from one game to the next.   A lot has been achieved during the past months, since Devis Mangia assumed control of the Malta National Team, particularly in regards to the average age of the team which is now younger.


The aim of the National Team Project, is to be successful in the next Nation’s League competition.  Reaping points now is important however the real objective is to prepare the Malta National Team in the best way possible to be able to gain more progress in the years to come. 


Group H and the next match


Speaking about the next game against Russia, Devis Mangia said that there will surely be another change in the starting line up.  He said that some of the players have been rested and would form part of the first eleven again.   There were five changes from the game against Cyprus.  Mr Mangia left Captain Steve Borg, Ryan Camenzuli, Luke Montebello, Steve Pisani and Paul Mbong on the bench to give the starting nod to Juan Corbalan, Alexander Satariano, Shaun Dimech, Zach Muscat and Triston Caruana.


When asked about Group H, Mr Mangia said that this was a very interesting group, since even the large teams are in a moment of transition and thus the standings are very near.

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