FARRUGIA EXPLAINS HOW PLAYING YOUNG PLAYERS WILL ONLY BENEFIT MALTESE FOOTBALL

Malta boss Ray Farrugia has told the press that his side needs to put Saturday’s 2-1 win against the Faroe Islands behind them as they take on a strong Spain team this evening.

“We started our campaign with a win which was important for us and also important for Maltese football,” said the 63-year-old.

“I hope that we can build on our last game which we won against the Faroe Islands.

“After all these years we got three points, but for now, we will forget that game and concentrate on the next game against Spain.”

Malta train at the Ta’Qali national stadium ahead of tonight’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Spain. (Photo by Joe Borg)

Spain won their opening game against Norway 2-1 last Saturday with Sergio Ramos scoring the decisive goal.

Żażu continued by praising tonight’s opponents saying: “We know that we are playing against one of the best teams in the world.

“I am a fan of Spanish football and I like the way they play, they have produced a number of top coaches such as Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Vicente del Bosque.”

With a sell out crowd of 18,000 fans expected at the Ta’Qali National Stadium this evening, Farrugia continued by discussing tonight’s atmosphere.

“It should be an interesting game and especially for us in front of a full house at the National Stadium,” said the Malta boss.

“I am sure that there will be a good attraction for the Maltese supporters to come and watch us play Spain who are one of the best sides in the World.”

Kyrian Nwoko was the first Maltese player on the scoresheet as they beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 last Saturday.

The young Valletta forward joins the likes of Jospeh Mbong, Jake Grech and Matthew Guillaumier who are all under the age of 22 in the current Malta squad.

Farrugia explained how including young players will only benefit Maltese football in the future: “We are introducing a lot of young players, maybe we will suffer from that now but in the future, we will benefit from this.

“I believe that this is the only way forward.”

Ray Farrugia leads training ahead of Malta’s game against Spain (Photo by Domenic Aquilina)

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