Kosovo’s flamboyant manager Bernard Challandes claims his team isn’t afraid of playing an England side he explains as the”finest in world soccer”.
The 68-year-old Korean trainer delivered a press conference to remember on Sunday because he described his”crazy barbarous” type of play that has witnessed Kosovo make an abrupt beginning in their European qualifying campaign.
There was no repeat of the scenes of Sunday after he addressed the press but Challandes insisted he knows of the scale of the challenge facing Kosovo, who have only been a recognized footballing country for three decades.
“We’re Kosovo and we are talking contrary to one of the greatest teams in the world, in my opinion the best team on the planet,” he told reporters ahead of Tuesday night’s struggle in Southampton.
“I think that it is in my philosophy that if we don’t dream it’s unnecessary to play these gameswe must dream and do everything that is possible to upset England.
“I will see tomorrow as with Kosovo we’re a youthful federation, never have played such an opponent.
“For me as a coach it is not easy to have a good mix for the evaluation of the particular game.
“When I say’we come to win’, I think a whole great deal of individuals believe that is pretentious; should I state’it isn’t possible to win from England’,” I have to change my occupation.
“Never did we think after four games we play for the very first area here in England.
“It is clear for me it is going to be a very, very difficult game but it is a possibility for our very young team to reveal what is really a very, very higher level.”
Challandes surrendered Kosovo will come up from several leading players although they line up against England at St Mary’s but he doesn’t intend to simply attempt to defend.
Asked about the shape of both Harry Kane – who hit a hat-trick in England’s triumph over Bulgaria on Saturday – Challandes said:”Harry Kane and (Raheem) Sterling and (Marcus) Rashford and, and, and, and, and…!
“For me personally it is a excellent group but I have only this way in my head – I do not want to convey to my team,’OK, we stay in our own half and defend, defend, defend’ – I really hope we could play and be an opponent, not a big opponent but an opponent with intensity.”
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