Skibbe brushes off injury issues, Rossi has faith in Hungary
Even with the injury issues, Greek national team manager Michael Skibbe believes in achieving a positive result against Hungary in the UEFA Nations League, while Marco Rossi is full of confidence.
Back in September, the Ethniki Omada struggled in Budapest, losing 1:2 to the hosts in the second match of the UEFA Nations League. For long periods, the Greeks held the initiative and enjoyed plenty of ball possession, but the finishing touch was lacking and two poor defensive plays allowed Hungary to snatch all three points. Nevertheless, in front of the home support at the Olympic Stadium, Greece are hungry to atone for that defeat and tally a second Nations League win in Group 2 of League C.
In his press-conference ahead of the duel, head coach of the Greek national team Michael Skibbe shared his expectations:
Injury problems: “Despite the absences, we still have very good players, so we will play to win against the Hungarians. We want to be dominant, compete in an aggressive manner and earn the three points on the field. It’s good that we have Carlos Zeca back in the team, he’s a really important figure for the side.”
Lessons learned from the defeat in Budapest: “In defence, we have to work a lot better as a team. Yes, Hungary scored two nice goals, but we allowed them to create their opportunities. Tomorrow, we cannot give them so much space.”
Goal of moving up the divisions in the UEFA Nations League: “First of all, we would like to be promoted to League B and qualify for UEFA Euro 2000. All of the players in our team want to win every game.”
Situation surrounding Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and the starting line-up: “I have almost decided on my starting 11, however I will not reveal which players will participate. Lazaros? We will see if he’s in a fit state to take to the pitch. I have chosen our tactics and we want to show that we’re a strong, attacking team.”
Hungary’s Italian boss Marco Rossi is hopeful of defeating the Greeks in the second consecutive match in the UEFA Nations League:
Chances of beating Greece for the second time in two matches: “Why not? My players understand what my demands are and they follow our game plan. In football, everything is possible and we can win in Athens on Friday.”
Coping with the conditions in Athens: “In comparison to playing in Hungary, the conditions will be different, but we’re well prepared for this match. We are ready and will do our best to emerge victorious.”