Tactical preparations for Buttigieg as he leads first training session in Israel

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 16:42

by Sandro Micallef in Tel Aviv

Players warming up on Tuesday's morning session in Tel Aviv

Players warming up on Tuesday's morning session in Tel Aviv

National coach John Buttigieg has utilized Tuesday’s morning training session to intensify his player’s tactical approach ahead of the EURO 2012 qualifier game against Israel which is scheduled for Thursday evening.

After an intensive and well prepared warm up session with physical trainer Luca Pagani the lads were handed over to  Buttigieg for a mixed ball possession – attacking session in which the National coach utilized all of his 18 players simulating a tactical 9 vs 9 in a 70metre length pitch.

The morale amongst the players is high especially amongst those who featured in the last international home friendly against Macedonia were Malta managed a respectable 1-1 result.

Tuesday’s training session gave some comfort to John Buttigieg as he can bank also on Massimo Grima for a possible starting line-up option as the Hamrun player seems to have recovered from the slight injury he suffered in last week’s Mare Blue Cup against Valletta.

Andrei Agius who played his first domestic game of the 2010.11 season for his Italian side Melfi in the Serie C2 in Italy on Sunday afternoon also seems to be in fine shape. Same goes for his central defender colleague Jonathan Caruana who will this season play for Valletta. Agius and Caruana are almost considered as bankers to be included in the first eleven.

John Buttigieg briefing his players before the tactical session of Tuesday

John Buttigieg briefing his players before the tactical session of Tuesday

Daniel Bogdanovic who is also one of the most tipped players to be included in the starting line-up in Thursday’s match looks like he has undergone a very intense pre-season with his N-Power Championship side Sheffield United .The Libja born player might be the only striker of the team if Buttigieg’s game plan will have a 4-1-4-1 approach. On the other hand Michael Mifsud who is yet to reveal the name of the Club he will play for next season will accompany Bogdanovic up front if coach Buttigieg applies a 4-4-2 tactical line-up.

With Kevin Sammut not making the trip to Israel due to injury and with Massimo Grima’s fitness yet to be tested, Ryan Fenech is favorite to  be given the green light to play next to Jamie Pace in front of the back four.

The players and the technical staff returned to the Hotel at around 13:00hrs and after lunch the players were released to have some rest in view of tonight’s training session which is set to commence at 19:00hrs.

From left Alex Manfre, Dr. David Attard, Bjorn Vassallo and MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo the the training session

From left Alex Manfre, Dr. David Attard, Bjorn Vassallo and MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo the the training session

Ivan Vella National Team Manager (left) with Mark Muscat National team media officer

Ivan Vella National Team Manager (left) with Mark Muscat National team media officer





2 Comments

  1. marcel says:

    kuragg malta hemm inkunu fis south end ghal kontra l-latvia ikun xi jkun ir-rizultat

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  2. mark fenech says:

    good luck boys and let us start with a bang -mark

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