Malta prepared to face Moldova
Malta Under 21 head coach Silvio Vella stated that his team is well prepared to face Moldova in their last match in the UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying Round Group 1.
After their historic 1-0 triumph against Latvia on Friday of last week, Malta are now placed in fourth place in the group on the 8point-mark, a point ahead of Moldova and two points ahead of Latvia anchored at the bottom of the group all with nine matches played.
Last Friday, this Malta side went into the history books of Maltese football by becoming the only Malta national team to reach the 8-point mark and go beyond the 5 points which the then Under 21 side managed by Ray “Zazu” Farrugia managed to obtain.
“We are well prepared for our last match against Moldova. As always we will give our hundred per cent against a Moldova side which I reckon will be tougher than Latvia. Yes I do believe that we have a very good overall squad and I am very happy obviously that we have reached such a milestone with this team. When we reached the 4-point mark very early in the Group, I had no doubt that this team could go further,” said Malta coach Silvio Vella
“We still can improve over our last match, like in circumstances of possession of the ball but of course all teams have their own style of play. Yes everyone knows that these are the future players of the Malta senior team. We have already seen Malta coach Pietro Ghedin picking up players from this squad in previous senior matches so this confirms that these boys are the future,” added Vella.
Dover Athletic defender Samuel Magri who produced a very positive performance against Latvia on Friday also gave his comments: “I think we have a very good squad in general. All that there is lacking is maybe some lack of belief in our own capabilities.”
When asked what he thinks about making the big step to the Malta senior side, the big central defender said: “It will be a dream come true for me and my family. We just have to wait and see what happens and if it happens make sure I will grab the chance.”
Jesmond Abela, Malta Under 21 team manager, stated that this squad was planned wisely right from the start. “Right from the draws we believed we could beat the likes of Latvia, whom one has to remember we beat both home and away, and Moldova but one has to mention also the good performances both at home and away to Belgium who are placed second in the group.”