Albania will learn tomorrow the names of the opponents it will face in Euro 2024. The Reds hope to do well in this tournament, but coach Silvinjo sees further than just the activity of next summer.
In an interview given to FIFA, he explained that he dreams of turning our National Team into a regular name not only in the final stage of the European Championship, but also in the World Cup.
Future objectives – “The main objective in the long term, after six months is to develop a decent tournament. The second objective is to advance our plan, return the European tradition and qualify for the World Cup, something that Albania has never achieved. Imagine if we have a great European next year and reach the quarter-finals. It would be amazing, but it wouldn't mean much if we didn't follow up on this success and continue our development. We want to make progress in two directions: to have a decent tournament at Euro 2024 and then to have the support of the country, the AFL and the players so that we can do well in the World Cup qualifiers and play regularly in these competitions.
The dream of qualifying for the World Cup - "The dream is there, there is no doubt about it. It only depends on the support we get for the work we do, from the country, the Federation, the technical staff and the large group of players we are monitoring. All together increase the chances that Albania will one day play regularly in the World Cup and in the European Championship".
Morocco as an example for Albania - "Of course, we will not go 'crazy' studying what England, Spain, France, Germany or Portugal do, because they are always contenders. We are looking at teams that we can emulate and, yes, it makes a lot of sense, Morocco is a reference point for us."
One of the best defenses in the European qualifiers – “It's all about commitment in training. For more than 10 years, teams have been defending with 10 players. The best defense is the system itself. You can have three fantastic centre-backs and the best goalkeeper in the world, but if you are not committed to the job then you will concede goals. Nobody defends with four or five against five or six. Strikers are faster, more creative and more intelligent in the attacking zone and it's all about dedication to the job."