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Liechtenstein to cut your teeth

Sixteen years after a stinging setback (0-4), Luxembourg returns to the alpine principality in a friendly match this Wednesday evening. A meeting which will serve as a trial gallop before taking on Cyprus and then Montenegro.

Sixteen years after a stinging setback (0-4), Luxembourg returns to the alpine principality in a friendly match this Wednesday evening. A meeting which will serve as a trial gallop before taking on Cyprus and then Montenegro.

(DH with Bob Hemmen) – Three international matches in one week, that is rather very unusual in the landscape of Luxembourg football. This is however the regime to which the Roud Léiwen will be subjected with the program Liechtenstein, this Wednesday evening, Cyprus, Saturday (3 p.m.), and Montenegro, Tuesday (8:45 p.m.). “I would like to play with the best possible composition, but, given the context, it would be irresponsible to make the same team evolve during these three meetings”, immediately indicated Luc Holtz.

For the national coach, three days before the Nations League revivals, the objective is for his team to gain strength, with the internationals showing “100% on Saturday against Cyprus and on Tuesday in Montenegro”. This is how several players who do not have the label of potential holder or who join Club Luxembourg: Mica Pinto, Seid Korac, Timothé Rupil and Edvin Muratovic might have the opportunity to show what they are capable of.

As for the young Korac (18, Nuremberg), he will join the Under-21 team after Wednesday night’s game after being called up for force majeure. Indeed, after the advertised packages David Turpel (injured) and Maxime Chanot (remained in the United States because of the pandemic), two other regulars of the selection are on the side. Christopher Martins has hissing adductors and has to take a two week break, as for Enes Mahmutovic, he was again tested positive for covid-19.

The probable team

But for the triptych to come, Luc Holtz can count on a Laurent Jans pumped up after signing at Standard de Liège where he should have the playing time he did not have at FC Metz. “I am happy with the change. But now I have to concentrate on the international matches to come, ”said the captain of the selection who could play the entire match for find the rhythm. This will not be the case for the elements that played this weekend, said the coach.

But if Luc Holtz will experiment solutions for certain jobs, no question of selling off this first meeting. “We want to be dominant and pose problems to our opponents,” said a coach who will clearly want erase the nightmare of October 13, 2004, and this 0-4 of grim memory. Laurent Jans was then in the gallery of the M-Block. “We all turned around in protest after the final whistle.” Luc Holtz was also at Barthel that night and left the stadium after the fourth goal.

Suffice to say that it is a scent of revenge which will hover on the lawn, to the great joy of the spectators who will, on this occasion, return to the stadium. Obviously respecting the health measures since only 2,000 tickets have been put up for sale.


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