Greece mindful of Gibraltar’s resolute defence

by Tyronne | Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2016
By Mark Viales

Greece national team manager Michael Skibbe has cited Gibraltar’s resolute defence as the main obstacle for his side in tomorrow’s historic World Cup qualifying match.

Skibbe recognised Team 54’s progress since stepping into the professional football world at the pre-match press conference today at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, Portugal.


“Yes of course (I am impressed with their improvement). Gibraltar has 30,000 people and because of this they have done quite well, but sometimes lost their confidence,” he said. “We saw some of their matches and they did well in defence and had a good result until around 75 minutes. We know it will not be easy. On other hand we are confident of a good result.”

Greece has suffered some embarrassing defeats in recent times such as home and away to the Faroe Islands and against Luxembourg and Skibbe admitted that they have struggled against smaller sides.

“But we have a much better team now than before and we are looking forward to show our best,” he said. “It is very important for us to get three points, the scoreline doesn’t matter, but we need to win.

We have to play as fast as possible. The weather will be hot and Gibraltar is very good in defence, but we will try our best.”

Bologna defender and Greece national team captain Vasilis Torosidis was also full of respect for the Rock and was adamant that they will need to put in a shift to defeat Gibraltar.


“Gibraltar’s league is not so strong league, but during our last qualifiers we lost twice against the Faroe Islands and finished at the bottom of table, so we know that we have to play well to win,” he said.