Buttigieg hopes to make it difficult for Israel

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 23:24
Malta National team players at the Ramat Gam Stadium on Wednesday evening

Malta National team players at the Ramat Gam Stadium on Wednesday evening

by Sandro Micallef in Tel Aviv.

When addressing a Press Conference which was well attended by Israeli journalists, Malta’s National coach John Buttigieg was upbeat about the possibility of gaining either a draw or a win from the opener of the EURO2012 campaign.

Buttigieg said “I am aware that the match will be very difficult for us but we do hope to make it difficult also for our opponents” The Malta coach added that only a draw or a win for Malta would be a satisfactory result for his squad.

When asked if he has been monitoring Israel’s latest games he confirmed that he has watched the friendly games played against Chile and Uruguay prior the World Cup 2010. Israel lost these games 3-0 and 4-1 respectively. A friendly game for the Middle East Republic team which was scheduled for three weeks ago was cancelled.

Michael Mifsud the team’s captain who also addressed this Press Conference said that he too is very confident that the team can come up with a positive display.

After the meeting with the local press Buttigieg led his final training session on the same pitch where tomorrow’s game will be played. Mr.Abraham Borg, Malta’s Ambassador to Israel, greeted the players and the technical staff upon their arrival at the Stadium.

The first minutes of Wednesday's training session

The first minutes of Wednesday's training session

Earlier during the day French born Israel National Coach Luis Fernandez in a similar Press Conference said that he is expecting a tough opposition saying that the performance gap between small teams like Malta and other National teams has dropped drastically. Thursday’s match will be his first ever debut in front of the home fans at the Ramat Gam Stadium.

The game which will kick off at 20:15hrs Malta time can be followed on www.sportinmalta.com with live minute by minute updates.

Malta’s probable starting line-up:

Andrew Hogg, Edward Herrera (Manny Muscat), Andrei Agius, Jonathan Caruana, Carlo Mamo (Clayton Failla), Jamie Pace, Ryan Fenech, Roderick Briffa, Sean Bajada, Michael Mifsud, Daniel Bogdanovic.

Other related stories from Tel Aviv:

http://www.sportinmalta.com/%e2%80%9cit-is-up-to-us-to-upset-big-nations%e2%80%9d-%e2%80%93-emmanuel-muscat/

http://www.sportinmalta.com/tactical-preparations-for-buttigieg-as-he-leads-first-training-session-in-tel-aviv/

http://www.sportinmalta.com/one-size-fits-all-for-givova/

Feature from Tel Aviv courtesy of Melita.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVFYVVybQHQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1xWcirUzs8

Mark Piscopo(left) Kit Manager with Ivan Vella National Team's Manager

Mark Piscopo(left) Kit Manager with Ivan Vella National Team's Manager

Maltese Ambassador in Israel Abraham Borg (left) with Mark Muscat National Teams Media officer
Maltese Ambassador in Israel Abraham Borg (left) with Mark Muscat, National Teams Media officer




3 Comments

  1. Johan Borg says:

    Clayton Failla fuq il-bank u Carlo Mamo fil-grawnd.. Ma naqbilx maghha… imma FORZA MALTA, ghamluna kburin!

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  2. furjana says:

    hallina lul !

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  3. frank says:

    nispera li jkollna debutt felici u mux naqilu xi tidwira. forza malta

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