No damage control mentality for my Malta – Ghedin

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 12:34
by Sandro Micallef
Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has no intentions to go into any match with the underdog mentality. “I was here 20 years ago, things have changed drastically but I tried to adapt myself to these changes in the past four months. But there’s one thing that will not change, I will never go into a match accepting a loss before the final whistle” Ghedin said in an MFA’s build up Press Conference ahead of the Armenia game this Friday 8pm.
The Italian coach admitted that he has instigated a winning mentality in the players also due to the atmosphere he has created within the team thanks to his collaborators. “I do not like the damage control mentality, if we loose against Italy 2-0 or 3-0 it will not be a good result for us because we would still have lost the game” Ghedin explained.
When asked about the last preparations ahead of the Armenia game Ghedin said that most probably he will stick to his tactical approach of 4-2-3-1 which was used in the last international friendlies and resulted successful.
“We have introduced an attacking sense in our game because we want to do and achieve more. We know that we have to improve our defence but due to the fact that the squad is following me, I am confident we will improve as we go further” added Ghedin.
Armenia who gathered no less than 17 points in their last EURO 2012 Group qualifier will not be an easy task for Malta and the Malta coach is aware of this. “Armenia is a team that waits for their opponents and then hit back with a fast counter attacks. They are also very good at not leaving space for their opposing teams” commented Ghedin.
When asked to divulge his starting line up by sports Journalist Jesmond Moore, Ghedin was forced to dribble the question and just say that he has nine out of eleven players already confirmed in his ideal first eleven but said he still has to confirm on the fitness of two other players namely Roderick Briffa and Daniel Bogdanovic. (Both players were later seen training regularly with the team at the 10am session. The only two players that held separate warming up and stretching were Michael Mifsud and Etienne Barbara).
Pressed to answer if he will change his tactical approach if either one of these players will not make it Pietro Ghedin confirmed that Malta will still opt for the same game plan.

The Malta squad at Thursday's morning session under Ghedin's guidance

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