11 November 2019 – The Kosovo’ National Team Head Coach, Bernard Challandes had today a media conference on the eve of the start of preparations for the last two Euro 2020 qualifying matches against the Czech Republic on 14th November in Plzen, and against England on the 17th November in Prishtina.
Challandes said he never says to the players that they must win but that they should play well. “When I see this large number of journalists, I think we have two very important matches ahead. If we remember the draw, we remember the ambitions we had then and those ambitions were to play good matches but not to put too much pressure on ourselves. Many people are thinking that we have to defeat the Czech Republic and if we do not do it, everything is over. I don’t think so and I don’t see that match that way. It is important to play a great match, a wonderful match and if we play that way, the victory will be ours. I will never talk to the team this way and put more pressure on them. It is important to stay the same and not change now for these two matches that determine our fate in these qualifications,” Challandes said.
He added that the match against the Czech Republic is not the match of life but that he expects the players to play the best match in their lives.
The Swiss coach was also asked about the state of the most formidable striker in Kosovo, Vedat Muriqi whom he hopes will be ready for the match against the Czech national team.
As for the first opponent, Challandes said he does not want to talk about the weaknesses of this team. He added that this match will not be the same as the one in Prishtina.
“Excluding the match against England, no team has had any better performances than the Czech Republic. No other opponent has had six chances to score against us as the Czechs had. We were all surprised at their win over England but I can tell you that the best team on the field won that game,” Challandes added.
Konferenca e përzgjedhësit Bernard Challandes
Posted by Federata e Futbollit e Kosovës – Football Federation of Kosova on Monday, November 11, 2019