Panama’s coach, Thomas Christiansen, said Wednesday that in the friendly against Bahrain the main objective is to win and see new players.
“Winning is the first thing, seeing the new players that we have called and have not had minutes. Knowing which players have adapted to the game system and which have not, and gaining experience in international matches,” the coach said at a press conference.
Christiansen made it clear that the call of new players to the national team is due to the fact that they have other objectives and in the same way it is to give some rest, to be able to look at others.
“If we don’t call others, it would always be the same and here for the next World Cup there is a lot of time left, we have to see many players, but that doesn’t mean that those who didn’t make it into this call won’t come back, but it’s important to see these new players,” he said.
The Panamanian national team, which travels to Bahrain tonight, lost today 2-0 in a friendly against Sporting San Miguelito, a Panamanian league club.
“In today’s game it was important to see them in action together, many hadn’t done it, but they saw scary situations, that worries me. I don’t scold anyone if they make a mistake or lose the ball, but not daring is what I don’t like it,” he specified.
A total of 11 players and coaching staff will travel to Bahrain. The players are: Ángel Orelién, César Yanis, Eduardo Anderson, César Samudio, Fidel Escobar, Cristian Martínez, Ismael Díaz, Azarías Londoño, Jorge Méndez, Orlando Mosquera and Adalberto Carrasquilla.
For their part, Michael Amir Murillo, César Blackman, Martín Moran, José Córdoba, Romeesh Ivey, Eduardo Guerrero and Andrés Andrade, who play in Europe, will join the group in Bahrain.
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About Bahrain, Christiansen pointed out that it is a rival of another level and that it is nothing like the Qatar they faced in the last Gold Cup, with which they drew 3-3.
“They have a different way of playing, it’s not like Qatar, they’re on another level. They’re supposed to play a 4-3-3, you can never trust them, but I reiterate that the goal is to win and play a good game.”
“We are on the FIFA date, we cannot give away the points and that is why we have to go with everything,” he pointed out.
The Bahrain National Stadium, located in Riffa, will be the scene of the friendly on September 27. In this same stadium, but in October 2005, the ‘Dilmun Warriors’ accounted for the Panamanians by a score of 5-0.
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