Ghedin targeting good performance and good result
Malta’s coach Pietro Ghedin is targeting not only a good performance but also a good result in tomorrow’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic in Plzen.
Addressing a news conference at Doosan Arena this morning, he said the team is coming from a good showing against Italy and it is time to really push hard to get some points.
The game is Malta’s third World Cup qualifier and the Czech Republic’s second.
In its previous games, Malta lost 1-0 at home to Armenia and 2-0 to Italy on September 11. The Czech Republic drew 0-0l with Denmark.
Ghedin said this morning that Malta’s performance against Italy was good but the team’s objective is not only to play well but to also to get some points "as results are important".
“We believe in what we’re doing and the squad has improved. In the game against the Czech Republic, we will try to produce another positive performance but we will also try to get a good result which will be a great thing for Maltese football.”
Ghedin must make one change from the game against Italy as Daniel Bogdanovic, who was in the starting line-up for the qualifier in Modena, is injured alongside Andrew Cohen who replaced him in the last qualifier.
When asked about this, Ghedin dismissed concern saying this was not a big problem and Malta would surely have 11 players.
On the Czech team he said that he watched them at the Euro 2012 and liked their style and the way they played.
Ghedin said it is not important that the Czech Republic have not scored in their last four matches, “they are creating chances and they showed this against Denmark”.
Captain Michael Mifsud said he is not concerned by Malta’s lack of goals in the opening two qualifiers.
“We take every game very seriously. It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we play well and hopefully get a good result.”
The Maltese contingent arrived in Plzen yesterday and had an official training session this morning at the Doosan Arena.