Euro 2024

The Reds are motivated for the match with the European champion


Germany has the honor to open the 2024 European Championship, but the Albanian National Team has the honor and responsibility to first test the level of the current champion.

On Saturday, from 21:00, in Dortmund, Italy and Albania meet. It is the fourth match of "Euro 2024".

The pressure on the Reds and Blacks is increasing, but so is the motive.

"We know all the Italian players. Most of us play in Serie A. They are strong players. Italy is a strong nation. I can't wait for this match and I can't wait to enter the playing field", midfielder Kristjan Asllani said on Thursday.

Asllani, who plays for Inter, spoke at the usual press conference. Together with Nedim Bajram and Ylber Ramadan, they are the strength of Albania in the middle of the field.

 Italy is also known for its quality midfield, but Asllani has refused to make comparisons.

"We will wait for the match and see what will happen. The preparations have gone very well. There is harmony and positivity, that's the main thing. We are all focused. We have the challenge with Italy. We are studying it, we are watching the videos and we are waiting", said Asllani.

He emphasized that they should not focus only on one Italian player, but on the whole team. According to Asllani, Albania's strength is the group. But great support is also expected from the stands.

"We have a big plus which are the fans and we expect them to be fire", says Asllani.

Erjon Bogdani, the best striker in Albania's history, also spoke about the match with Italy. Bogdani has played for a long time in Italy and spoke to TMW about Saturday's challenge.

"Gjimshiti, Hysaj and the goalkeepers are the most experienced players. But we have midfielders like Asllani, Ramadani and Bajrami. They are very good players with the ball. We are optimistic and positive before the match with Italy", said Bogdani.

Bogdani also praised Armando Broja and especially Jasir Asani.

"We have to keep our feet on the ground. I speak well of the red and blacks not only because I am a fan, but because these are the facts. But the group is very difficult. We are not far from Italy in terms of values ​​and quality, despite the fact that Italy is Italy. We must be aware that we are in the group of hell, but we can also qualify from the third place", added Bogdani.

There are many interviews, analysis and evaluations related to Saturday's game. But the Reds and Blacks are calmly continuing their preparations in Germany, aware that they will have great support in the stadium and that the expectations from them are for a positive result, even though they will be facing the reigning champion of Europe.