Timur Ketspaja makes his debut again (as happened with the Georgian national team) on the bench of Cyprus against Greece.
Giving his stamp on the new start, the 54-year-old coach pointed out that the blue and whites are a strong team, but expressed his belief in a positive result.
“We are very well prepared and I hope we get a positive result“, he said, but also: “We want points and I believe we can. We have experienced as well as young players and in training they show that they really want it».
What he said in detail
“We have a very difficult game. We need points to avoid the play-off. We worked pretty well these four days. Sure there are players who are disappointed that they weren’t called but we have so many players it’s hard to call them all. We are very well prepared and I hope we get a positive result».
For the key to getting back to hits: “As I said, we have tough games ahead of us. These two teams are leading and Greece almost secured the lead. We are in last place and must avoid it. To achieve this we need to get positive results. The players are ready, they have a lot of will. We definitely want people’s help, it’s an opportunity for them to see Greece and I believe people will come. We want points and I believe we can. We have experienced as well as young players and in training they show that they really want it».
Some specific philosophy for the National Team:Our philosophy is to win all games. It certainly matters who the opponent is».
Regarding the fact that there are positions that do not have Cypriot footballers: “We can’t do anything. In the position of goalkeeper, we do not have participations like in some other positions, but the players who came have a lot of will, they want to succeed. They love the national team and the place. It is an opportunity for all of us to do something good for our country».
You also know the Greek National Team well, how you see it as a team, how you judge it:They are a very good team technically, they are like a family on the pitch, the children work well with each other and are always happy to play with the National Team. There are guys that I worked with too. A strong, very good team. We lost 3-0 in the first game, I think we didn’t deserve it even though we didn’t play well. Now we play at home and we aim to win».
Are all players available: «Yes, all 25 players are ready. My first game with Georgia was against Greece in Athens, now I start again with Greece but at home».
The football players were represented by Kostas Artimatasstating first: “Coming to the National, we have a clear goal of staying and avoiding the playoffs. We have completed our preparation. Most of the players have worked with the coach, we know what he wants and the rest of the players got to know him through the work he did in the teams that were in Cyprus. We have a clear goal, we want positive results.
For me, the arrival of Timur Ketspaja was a pleasant thing. I believe for many other footballers who have worked with him it was pleasant. It is a positive thing for everyone. We want to work with him and succeed.
Every match that starts we will give everything we have. We are fighting for the national team, for our country, we have nothing to gain financially. Everything we do, everything we give on the field is for our country, for our families, for ourselves. The players and the whole team always give 100%”