Tomorrow 7 September, Edy Reja's Albania will play at the "Stade de France" in Paris on an almost impossible mission against the reigning world champions of France.
Despite the absence of players of the caliber of Mbappé, Kanté and Lacazette and the defeat for 3-0 in the penultimate game played in Turkey, France is - at least on paper - an "unplayable" opponent for Albania, currently fourth with six points in Group H of Euro 2020 qualifications.
The summoned and the declarations of Reja
Among the Italian coaches, the young Verona defender Marash Kumbulla (2000 class), Paderborn midfielder Klaus Gjasula (Jurgen's brother, who made his international debut with De Biasi in 2013) and the returns of Keidi Bare, Rey Manaj and Egzon stand out. Binaku.
"We have called many new players on this list. We will play against a team of great champions. We will go to France to put them in difficulty and continue to play well, hoping to score against the world champions.
Against Iceland we played very well but then we fell against Moldova, so now we have to go back to good performances. We know France well but I don't know what form they will take on the field, they are much stronger than us but we have to try to put them in difficulty, even if now I don't know how to say how.
Players with the best physical condition will take the field. In this sense I am a little worried, because some have played and others have not.
Basha's withdrawal? Migjen was the first player I met because I went to Greece to talk to Kaçe and Mihaj. He immediately made himself available to help me. Obviously, once a certain age is reached, the priority is the family, you start to see the future in another way. I can only thank him for the help and I hope the federation will always keep him in mind for this."- declared Edy Reja.
After facing France, the Albanian national team will challenge Iceland at the Elbasan Arena (kick off at 10: 20) on Tuesday 45 for the sixth qualifying day at the next European championships.
Probable formation vs France (3-5-2): Strakosha; Ismajli, Mavraj, Djimsiti; Hysaj, Gjasula, Xhaka, Abrashi, Binaku (Lenjani); Balaj, Uzuni.