Friday, December 31, 2021 at 11:39
With the captain of the national team, we discussed the whole year 2021, the ups and downs, the biggest failure and, of course, the most beautiful moments.
The year 2021 was a real roller coaster for the Hungarian national football team. The team performed well in the World Cup qualifiers in the spring, and despite the relegation, the team did well in the summer, but serious failures ensued in the autumn, with Albania beating Marco Rossi back and forth and the captain having to contend with a change in public sentiment.
Then the end of the year went well again, we defeated Poland abroad, and in England we scored for the first time in the legendary 6-3 hours. True, these good results came too late, by then we already knew that the next world championship would be held without the Hungarian team.
“I sincerely believed it could work” Marco Rossi told the MOL Team. “I was also aware of the realities that if nothing unexpected happens, the English will win the group and the Poles will finish in second place. But seeing the European Championship and the way my team grew to the best level, I also believed we had something to earn. In my dream, I would not have thought that we would not score a single point against Albania. ”
Albania pulled down all year
During our conversation, the captain turned back to the two matches against Albanians several times – we got out smoothly both at home and abroad – because Rossi also thinks that because of these two matches he will not be able to give the maximum score for the year 2021 of the Hungarian national team.
“There were several components to the two defeats, there were important players who were available, they weren’t all in good physical condition either, but our biggest trouble was that we weren’t prepared in our heads the way they should have been.
We felt the trouble with the staff, we tried to do against it, but we did not succeed. And the defeat in September upset the team. ” explained Rossi, who had explained this to us in more detail before.
“Yet I say victories and defeats shape our team in the same way, and perhaps many of the players realized after the September qualifiers that we can only be successful if we do everything as a team and keep it to a standstill for a minute. ourselves to the tactical plan. ”
Expectation out of hope
In the Rossi interview quoted above, not only was there a change in the mood of the team, but also of the fan camp, the captain’s faith faltered as his team lost a lot of the accumulated trust credit in just three months.
“Actually, it’s a commendation for us that hope has become an expectation, but then you are telling people in vain that Albania is preparing against us with twelve top players, while we can’t even count on our few football players who also play in top leagues. But I don’t blame the fans for the frustration, because I confess, I also believed we could be competing to advance. ”
“We did a very good job at the European Championships and I believed there was still a way up for the team. Not only did we not move forward this fall, but we fell back to a level I thought we had left behind: when we start to individualize, we don’t think in a team or in tactics, but everyone goes after their heads. However, the Hungarian national team cannot be successful even against those who are much weaker than the Albanians. ”
“In the match against England in September, the European Championship final was fired at a single goal in the 55th minute. However, the end of the match was a serious defeat, precisely because of the above, then came the defeat in Albania and we were completely under ourselves. And the trouble is in the pipeline, and that was the case with us. ”
The irreplaceable team captain
Not only does the Hungarian national team outperform Marco Rossi, but the captain makes up for the missing even from an extremely tight line. There was a shortage of midfielders attacking at the European Championships with the elimination of Szoboszlai and Kalmár, then key people fell out of the defense and the goal, but the team solved its task. We seem to have only one irreplaceable player: Ádám Szalai.
At the bottom of the pile is the irreplaceable Szalai (Photo: MLSZ)
“We can make up for the missing well because a cohesive, strong community has been created in the locker room where everyone thinks as a team. At the same time, it is completely unnecessary to deny that Ádám Szalai is irreplaceable, because we are shot without a middle striker. This is true for everyone in international club football, but the role of the center is especially appreciated in the national teams. ”
“Apart from the fact that Ádám is a great sportsman who also leads in the locker room, unfortunately there is no middle player with similar characteristics in Hungary. “He also plays a part in the team game and the defense, and the national team is really extremely important to him. “
“Fans have also been able to see what it means to the team, and I think the most important question for the next period will be whether we can find a player of similar quality to replace him,” Rossi explained of the 34-year-old team captain who was re-operated recently.
“We watch a lot of players, looking for alternatives, but unfortunately Novothny Soma plays very little, and Adam Martin has international skills, such as quite a good left leg and a very good attacking goal, but for me the task of a midfielder doesn’t end with attacks . I sent him several times, the player knows what he has to do to get the national team invitation. ”
Another big task is coming
The Hungarian national team was perhaps even rougher than the European Championship in Group A of the League of Nations, where the European Championship was joined by the Italians, the English and the Germans.
“Nothing has changed, we are moving forward on the path we have set for ourselves. There’s a lot of work ahead of us and we’re excited to see what happens to our players in the club season because it also plays a very important role for the national team. The many summer praises and autumn criticisms should not shock us either, because we know that is the one way we set out. ”
“We’ve achieved great things with the team over the last two years, we can be proud of ourselves, but we can only forge capital out of it if we don’t believe we’ve reached the end of the road.“I am confident that we will be able to celebrate similarly good successes with the fans next year as this year, because although we had unpleasant moments, we scored from England for the first time in 6-3 and beat Poland away. I think we had the best match in 2021. in, ”Rossi added with a smile.
If you have the best match…
We asked the captain what was the most beautiful moment of 2021 for him. Rossi thought for a long time, but in the end he took a rather surprising moment out of this year.
“After the match against Germany in Munich was blown up, I wasn’t happy at all. It wasn’t in my mind how close we were to the feat, it just made me even more nervous that it was within easy reach of us. Then I woke up the next morning and as I read my messages, articles and reactions about the match, it fell to me what we had done. ”
“In sports, only the result qualifies, and that’s even more true for coaches. But then I felt like we were doing huge things, things that most people didn’t consider us capable of. We rebuked everyone, and that morning I realized we would have totally deserved to get ahead if we had managed to fight it out. That was my moment. ”
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