TIRANA, October 6
Albania will face Spain of Friday evening at 8:45 hours in Hose Rico Perez Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Albania ranks third in the solid Group G that contains some strong European Teams such as Spain and Italy that have won the World Cup title respectively one and four times.
Meanwhile, Albania will play against Italy on Monday, October 9 at 8:45 hours at Loro Borici Stadium.
Albanian coach Christian Panucci in an interview for FIFA.com said: “They’re two very big matches for our players and we’re going to give it a go. That’s what you always have to try and do in life and in sport. We’ll try to make life hard for them. You never know in football.”
However, he added that he wants the team to be brave in both victory and defeat and not to play for a draw.
The formation of the Albanian team against Spain will be different compared to what we have seen before. Five players will be on the defensive line. Based on the training sessions, Agolli, Ajeti, Gjimshiti, Hysaj, and Balliu will be on defense, while Xhaka, Kace, and Basha will play midfield, while Sadiku and Grezda will play as forward and Etrit Berisha as goalkeeper. Yet the formation may change. It remains to be seen tonight at 8:45 hours.
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