The coach of the Panama Senior Soccer Team reiterated that the priority for the coaching staff is the Octagonal, which will define the three and a half places for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. However, his aspiration in the Gold Cup is to reach the most far possible.
Christiansen has been questioned for not taking the new values of Panamanian football to the Gold Cup, a situation that in previous processes did occur. Instead, the Spanish-Danish coach decided to take the base of the players he used in the last phase of the World Cup qualifier.
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“We had several options of what we wanted to do in the Gold Cup and we opted to unite more the group with which we have worked, to take the experience and the days to work together,” Christiansen reiterated.
However, he said that the goal in the Gold Cup is to go as far as possible, to try to take advantage of working together longer to reach the Octagonal in good condition.
“I would like to win the Gold Cup but it is not a priority objective. The most important thing is to find a balance in the team, to get to know each other better, especially from the players to me. If we do things well, we can think a little further, ”he explained.
He recalled that the obligation was to classify the team to the Octagonal but from now on other goals will be set ahead.
“I am ambitious and I want to go as far as possible in everything but with order and knowing our reality,” he said.
Regarding the style of play, he assured that it will remain the same.
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“The idea of the style of play will remain. What is needed is more time to understand it better. In the matches we played we had a good level. Facing the Gold Cup and the Octagonal, we must continue the same ”, he added.
Installed in the USA
Yesterday the Panama team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, United States, where they will play a friendly match with the Mexico team tomorrow at 8 pm (Panama time).
After this game, the team will remain in the North American country until the start of the Gold Cup, which will start on July 10 and end on August 1.
The eleventh national is located in Group D of the regional competition along with Honduras, Qatar and Granada. He will make his debut against the Arab eleventh on Tuesday, July 13 at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.