Last Monday I attended the football game Malta-Azerbaijan. As I knew that the MFA implemented many projects to raise the level of football, I was curious if they can compete now with the higher ranked countries.
After a quick lead, they were pushed back bit by bit. The 1-1 therefore was a normal reflection of the game. Afterwards my conclusion was that Malta dared to play in the beginning but during the game they gave it away to the opponent; this is the biggest challenge for the Maltese football in my opinion.
Pressing is the trend in present football and from there control the game with good positional play. But only with good friendly games one can try to improve this.
Photo: Domenic Aquilina