Gallery: Ghedin expected to make changes for Italy match

Monday, September 10, 2012, 16:19

By Sandro Micallef

Malta coach Pietro Ghedin is expected to make at least one change from the last game in his starting line up for tomorrow when Malta plays against the EURO 2012 finalists Italy at the Alberto Braglia Stadium in Modena.

The Malta coach confirmed that he will make some changes in a comment that he gave to TVM after the 10am Press Conference which was well attended by the Italian media. During the Press Conference, the Italian coach who spent nine years of his career employed with the Federazione Giocho Calcio Italiana, gave little information of his starting line up as he said “I still need to communicate it to the players so I am not in a position to give you details for now”.

The media event was chaireed by Mark Muscat who brought over Michael Mifsud and Andrei Agius to accompany Ghedin. The Latina player attracted the interest of the Italian media not only because of the fact that he has spent nine years playing here in Italy but also due to the fact that when he was asked questions he replied in Italian and that was a bonus for the Italian media colleagues. Agius said that he expects a tough game against one of the biggest and strongest sides in the world. On the other hand Mifsud said that he hopes Italy will play a bit more open football than Armenia played on Friday at Ta’ Qali.

When asked about the fact that Italy will go all out to win against Malta to make up for the below average performance against Bulgaria, Ghedin said that he saw a very good Italian side last Friday “They could have played better in the past but they still played well in my opinion, irrelevent of that they will still try to get the three points against us as they are hot favourites”.

Asked about the objectives that he has for this match, Ghedin said that he hopes to see his players’ heads up at the end of the match and possibly also some applause from the stands for a brave Malta.

The Malta coach added that it is not an easy task to play against Italy, especially for a small country like Malta, but the recent positive results in the pre World Cup qualifier games against Liechtenstein and San Marino fill the Malta FA, the technical staff and the players with courage and optimism.

Malta’s line up will probably be as follows, with one or two changes from the Armenia match.
Hogg, Borg, Dimech [Caruana], Agius, Muscat, Briffa, Sciberras, Cohen [Herrera], Bogdanovic, Schembri, Mifsud

Italy’s formation will be similar to the following;
Buffon, Cassani [Maggio], Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso, Nocerino, Pirlo, Marchisio, Diamanti, Destro, Osvaldo


1 Comment

  1. jeffrey says:

    Here we come italy


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