‘This is an informative training camp rather than a tactical one’, said National Teams Head Coach Michele Marcolini when addressing the media on day two of the National Team training camp.
The four-day mini training camp is being organised at the Ta’ Qali training grounds, with Euro Qualifiers against Macedonia and Italy on the horizon. Marcolini stressed that despite following most of the premier league games since he was appointed, this is the first experience whereas he could meet the players and work with them rather than just watch them play.
According to Marcolini, he has observed a group of players that have demonstrated passion and determination and who will give their best, both physically and emotionally. He indicated that he is not a carbon copy of his predecessor and that, while recognising the enormous strides forward achieved under Devis Mangia, he will try to build on the good work already done while making adjustments to improve the team and its results.
The manner one approaches problems and the solutions chosen to better adapt to the game, in his opinion, are equally as significant as the tactic and formation. It is thus one of Coach Marcolini’s main goals.
Michele Marcolini explained that despite not having the players playing abroad during this mini camp, he has spoken to them and followed their performances.
Marcolini explained that he is adapting to the new reality and despite being a positive experience he knows that future includes a mountain to climb.
He thanked the Premier League clubs and Sliema Wanderers for lending their players for this mini camp which is not during the international window. He added that he wants to maintain strong relations with the clubs because he believes both parties will benefit from such.
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