Pantelidis: “Molde play with rhythm and consistency”

Pantelidis: “Molde play with rhythm and consistency”

In the press-conference, both Savvas Pantelidis and Nicolas Diguiny spoke to the media ahead of the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round match between Molde and Aris in Norway.

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Last week, Aris just about did enough to beat AE Limassol 1:0 on aggregate, but they will have to improve their performance level against Molde. The Norwegians, who are currently leading their national league, are undefeated at home since February 2018 and breezed through the first two qualifying rounds.

Head coach Savvas Pantelidis shared his expectations for the first leg in Norway:

Thoughts on Molde: “We have been studying Molde ever since the draw was made. They play with rhythm and consistency. It’s a disadvantage for us that this match will be played on an artificial field. In Thessaloniki, we have been training well, and I am aware that Molde have a good team. I believe that we will do everything required to put us in a good position for the second match.”

The approach in Norway: “This is a completely different match if we compare this game to our meeting with AEL. We have a plan and we’ll try to take advantage of the weaknesses which Molde show. Our main priority is to score a goal.”

Molde’s main strengths: “They play quick football in midfield, understanding how to put pressure on the opponents.”

Aris forward Nicolas Diguiny also mentioned the factor of the plastic pitch:

Expectations for the match: “This is a very important match for us. We will play with focus and concentration. If we manage to score a goal, it will be a good result for us.”

Comparing Molde to AEL: “They are two very different teams, Molde have their own tactics which they use. We will try to play better than we did in Cyprus and change some aspects of our game.”

Factor of the plastic pitch: “We have to adjust. Yesterday, we trained on a plastic pitch, and we will do the same this evening. We are a team which likes to play football and maybe this playing surface will help us.”


by Shaun Nicolaides

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