Valletta coach Enzo Potenza has urged his club fans to turn up in big numbers and support their team when they face Ħamrun Spartans at the Tony Bezzina Stadium on Saturday.
Potenza is aware that his team will have their work cut out against the Spartans but is encouraged by the excellent display of his team against Marsaxlokk.
“It’s going to be a very tough match for us as Ħamrun Spartans are a very strong side who are well trained by Luciano Zauri. They are a team that can play high-paced football and have great quality and talent in their squad,” Potenza said.
“It’s a tough assignment for us, particularly as I have been working with the players for a very short period of time and we need to try and close the three-month gap, in terms of work on the training pitch, that we have with Ħamrun.
“I was encouraged with the team’s performance against Marsaxlokk as the players showed great heart. The team played very well from both a tactical and technical point of view and there was a great level of application.
“It’s important that we build on that performance if we are to get a result against Ħamrun.”
Potenza said that a key factor this afternoon will be the backing of the Valletta fans in such a delicate match.
“Our fans are our 12th player,” Potenza said.
“It’s important that in difficult moments during the match, we feel the support and the passion of our fans. As a team, we will do all we can to try and honour the colours of our club. I told my players to treat this game as any other match and not let external factors affect their performance.
“But to our fans my message is clear. Be close to the team not only Saturday but throughout the rest of the season as the championship is long and tough.”
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