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MIXED FEELINGS FOR MALTA COACH

The UEFA Nations League draw, which was held on Wednesday left Malta national coach Tom Saintfiet with mixed feelings.

The draw of this brand new UEFA competition saw Malta paired with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Kosovo in Group 3 of League D.

In an interview with www.mfa.com.mt, Saintfeit told that honestly he have mixed feelings as on one hand, he is very happy to be playing Faroe Islands because in the past, he coached and played in this country but on the other hand, it’s quite a difficult group.

“There were maybe two nations in the whole set-up who could be considered weaker than us, San Marino and Gibraltar, but now we have Kosovo who are 178th in the world, Azerbaijan 118th and Faroe Islands 97.

“We have no weak opponents. It will be a tough task... even if for the outside world, some nations like Faroe Islands seem like small countries, they are tough and it will be a hard battle to gain points.

“We have to start this competition trying to win at home, at least one or two games, and then we will see how far we can go.”

But Saintfiet is looking forward to the UEFA Nations League.

“I believe that it’s good to be playing against similar teams as us,” the Belgian coach said.

“We need to study a little bit more about Kosovo but we can change our style. We can play more positive football, we’re going to try and play more attacking football and hopefully it results in goals and also victories and points.

“That’s our aim but we can never underestimate our opponents. I’m looking forward to these games and hopefully our fans can enjoy these matches and also some positive results.”
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