Malta Coach Worried ahead of Bulgaria Clash

Sports | March 22, 2013, Friday // 10:28
Bulgaria: Malta Coach Worried ahead of Bulgaria Clash Malta coach Pietro Ghedin. Photo by Times of Malta

Malta's national coach Pietro Ghedin has admitted that he is worried ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia.

Ghedin told reporters that he was quite impressed by Bulgaria's performance against Italy back in September.

"I expect an extremely tough game. Bulgaria is moving ahead towards its goals with big steps. The Bulgarian team played very well against Italy, and I am concerned with that," he said, according to Bulgarian news agencies.

Ghedin's counterpart, Lyuboslav Penev, urged his players to concentrate on their home qualifier against Malta before they start to think about their potentially crucial trip to Denmark next week.

Penev's boys had an impressive start to its World Cup qualifying campaign, holding Italy to a 2:2 draw and defeating Armenia 1:0 in September in Sofia.

The Balkan underdogs then proceeded to hold Denmark and the Czech Republic to two consecutive draws in October.

One of Bulgaria's key players, Fulham right-back Stanislav Manolev, is expected to miss Friday's qualifier after sustaining a thigh injury in training.

Bulgaria will play Malta at the Vasil Levski national stadium behind closed doors after their fans were found guilty by FIFA of racist behaviour in the qualifier against Denmark in October.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Sports » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Bulgarian Football Union, racist, anti-semitic, Italy, Denmark, World Cup 2014, Bulgarian national football team, FIFA, Bulgaria, Malta
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria