"In a player's career it is not important how much you earn but what you make important in a career, I hope my parents have the desire to change the story".
The head coach of the Albanian National Team Christian Panucci plays the role, in view of the prohibitive and fascinating last two qualifying matches for the World Championship of Russia with 2018 (today at Alicante at 20.45) and Italy (Monday a Shkodër).
"These are the easiest races to prepare for a coach, if you have no motivation to play this kind of challenge, it's better to change jobs, especially because my kids will have the chance to get noticed by some important club."
The selection of the Land of the Eagles will therefore be able to take the field without pressure against a formation that will have pressure, especially from the outside, due to the situation in Catalonia.
"Personally, I am very sorry for what is happening in Spain. I don't want to go into the merits of political situations, which are very delicate, we have to think about the game and give it our all ".
Among the summoned, Xhaka and Çikalleshi returned from meetings with Liechtenstein and Macedonia.
"I never said they would no longer be called, in fact they are two important players for the national team. Xhaka has apologized several times, he knows he was wrong (he hadn't met the coach after a Basel match watched by Panucci himself despite being aware of the visit of the former Livorno coach ed) so there is no problem, while Çikalleshi he had not respected the times and when he did it he remained at home (he had postponed his arrival in the meeting before the match with Liechtenstein to sign with the Osmanlıspor ed). Now it's all back and like all the others they will have to respect the rules ”.
For the match with the Iberians Panucci will have to cope with heavy absences due to disqualification of Mavraj, Kukeli and Roshi, as well as the injured Strakosha and Çikalleshi, while the colleague Lopetegui will have to do without the unavailable Iniesta, Morata and Carvajal and the disqualified Busquets and managing the situation related to Piqué, Catalan and declared independence, which is why he received boos and invitations to leave the National team in training.
"In a player's career it is not important how much you earn but what you make important in a career, I hope my parents have the desire to change the story" Christian Panucci
"Surely Spain has a squad that can make up for three or four absences and Piqué is a top level player who is able to handle this situation, although I hope our opponents have been distracted by what happened during the week.
Instead, we will try to put the eleven best players into play by playing with courage, pride and desire, paying attention to every detail. It is clear that it will also take luck and we will have to have great defensive solidity because they will have possession of the game and, every time we steal the ball, we will have to try to go and hurt ".
From a personal point of view those with Spain and Italy are two challenges with a particular meaning for Panucci:
"The match with the Azzurri is a match that all Albanians are waiting for and I will do it with pleasure from Saturday. My son was born in Spain, I spend a lot of time there and maybe Real Madrid was footballing the most important stage of my life, but what matters now is the success of Albania, I hope the boys make two great matches especially for them , if we succeed we will be even more excited ".
To score points Agolli and companions will have to overcome themselves:
"Football teaches us that something important can be done even against the strongest, as happened in France-Luxembourg, which ended up with white goals. I like a phrase that always says Simeone: we need to know our faults, we know who we are and we will play with great respect for our opponent, but whenever we can we must try to play our game, we don't want to be the sacrificial victim . Getting an unexpected result in these games would give great satisfaction and a great image for Albania ”.
These are the probable formations:
SPAIN (4-3-3): De Gea; Azpilicueta, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Thiago, Illarramendi, Silva; Pedro, Aduriz, Isco.
ALBANIA (4-5-1): Berisha; Hysaj, Ajeti, Djimsiti, Agolli; Grezda, Memushaj, Xhaka, Basha, Lenjani; Sadiku.
After these two games, a new cycle will begin towards the qualification for Euro 2020, the real goal of Panucci: "I'm looking at all the players, for these last two releases I wanted to keep the historical group. Then a new story will begin and surely there will be the possibility also for some elements of the Albanian championship, which I am following, to come to the National team ”.