An undeserved loss. We had 71 percent of the ball, defended Calzona – Representation – Football – Sport

He got angry several times during the match, and praised his players after it. The premiership of Francesco Calzona as head coach and coach of the Slovak national football team was not successful.

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Slovak football coach Francesco Calzona with Dávid Ďuriš.

His team lost in Trnava in the penultimate match of the 3rd group C-division of the League of Nations against Azerbaijan 1:2.

“In the first half, the boys were too stiff, they were careful to follow my instructions. Paradoxically, after the opponent’s goal, they relaxed. The second half was already solid, we had quite a lot of scoring opportunities.

The loss is certainly not deserved, we had 71 percent of the ball possession. The boys wanted to follow my instructions, which is positive, the result is negative. The guys are sad that they lost, but I see that we can have a future,” Calzona said at the post-match press conference.

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He made several surprising moves in the starting line-up. Bénes, Jirka, Regáli and debutant Vallo appeared in it.

“In the first half, two or three players who did not fulfill their potential. However, they also started to play better in the second half. I am not disappointed in anyone. We don’t have problems at any position, it was about the head,” continued Calzona.

He realizes that a lot of work awaits him in the national team. He’s about to roll up his sleeves and get into it.

“If the situation was better, I wouldn’t be sitting here. I came to help. I believe it can get better.

If the first half was repeated in a year, it would be bad, now we can also justify it by the fact that we had little time to prepare.

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Time is our main problem. If we only had four extra days, you wouldn’t have seen such a first half,” added Calzona.

The fifty-three-year-old Italian left several experienced players on the bench and bet on younger players. In some passages, the Slovaks were able to show elements of modern football.

However, their performance was not complete, the overall impression was spoiled especially by the conceded goal in the final seconds after a series of schoolboy mistakes.

“I decided to put younger players in the starting line-up. This team needs a change in some positions, we can’t put it off any longer.

Older players who remained on the bench understand that a new cycle is coming. They helped me cope mentally.

I also have to protect the young players, I don’t want them to burn out. It was Valla’s first nomination and he played right from the start. Ďuriš started at a difficult time, but he started very well,” concluded Calzona.

His last match in the C-division awaits him on Sunday. From 6:00 p.m., he will play against Belarus in the Serbian town of Bačka Topola.


Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by futbal.pravda.sk.

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