"No one can say that the team plays reluctantly. We fight for the maximum result in every match."
Idman.biz reports that this was said by the head coach of the Azerbaijan football team Gianni De Biasi.
The Italian specialist spoke about the situation of the rival team at the press conference held before the match with the Swedish national team in the qualifying round of EURO-2024. He emphasized the opponent's place in the world ranking table: "The Swedish team is ranked 23rd in the world ranking table, while Azerbaijan is outside the 100th. There is a difference in skill level between the teams. I wish to win all games with such opponents. Remember the match against Austria, we had a good chance to equalise. Azerbaijan took the 4th place in the 5-team group for the first time. Tomorrow the team will go to the field highly motivated."
De Biasi spoke about the team's team. He said that Shahruddin Mahammadaliyev will be the goalkeeper tomorrow: "Each football player is important for us. A difficult match with Belgium awaits us ahead. I hope that currently injured players will be ready for that game. In addition, 4 of our players are under the limit of yellow cards and we have to be careful."
The head coach of the national team also mentioned the problem with the attackers. He said that he expects goals from all members of the team: "I would like players who play in all positions to score goals, not only strikers. The team has a problem with mental preparation. Sometimes you stand out, and sometimes, like in the game against Austria, you can't kick the goal to the empty net.
It should be noted that the Azerbaijan-Sweden match will start tomorrow at 21:00 at the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium.