Bulgaria Manager Penev Demands More from Stars

Sports | October 10, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Manager Penev Demands More from Stars Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The manager of Bulgaria's national football team Dimitar Penev demanded a better performance from the team's biggest stars in the next European qualifying game against Albania.

"Dimitar Berbatov and Martin Petrov owe the team big time and have to deliver after failing to take their chances against Holland," Penev told reporters on Wednesday.

Bulgaria's hopes of qualification took a big dent last month, when the team lost 0-2 against Holland in Amsterdam, with both Tottenham striker Berbatov and Manchester City winger Petrov spurning gilded opportunities to score.

Aston Villa's underperforming midfielder Stiliyan Petrov was another star that caught Penev's attention: "I want to see more from some players, and Stiliyan Petrov is one of them."

Bulgaria travels to Albania next week and needs a win to keep its hopes of qualifying for the European championships' final tournament for only the third time in its history alive.

It is now in third place in qualifying group G, with 18 points from nine matches, two points behind joint leaders Romania and Holland, who play each other on Saturday, but has also played one game more.
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