George Leekens: We have to take as much as possible from these matches
Hungary's men's national squad trained early on Tuesday in Telki before departing ahead of an early-evening arrival in Brest, venue of Wednesday's match against Belarus. Everyone expects a tough match but the squad has prepared for their opponents in a determined and thorough manner.
"I've noticed that despite a long, tiring season, the players are very motivated and the group is very tight. It's good to see that everyone is determined", head coach George Leekens told mlsz.hu. "Based on the training sessions so far, I can say I'm not only very satisfied with the regular squad members but also with the young ones too. A tough opponent awaits us, one which has defeated Slovenia 2-0 and Azerbaijan 1-0. We'll decide our starting team after today's sessions as we need to check the performances to see who is how tired and who is in the best condition. The two matches in front of us will aid our preparations for September so we'd like to take as much as we can from them".
Also present at the press conference was squad member Paulo Vinicius:
"After a longer injury absence, I can again be part of the squad and I'm happy that after this lengthy period out, I was still in the head coach's thoughts at the time of the squad's selection", the Videoton FC defender explained. "Naturally it's a special motivation for me to take my club form, where I've won the league this season, into these two national-team matches. It's very important that we defend in a stable fashion because if the players in front of us feel that we're doing our jobs well, that gives them confidence. This way, it also becomes easier for the team to score goals".
Paks left-back János Szabó also spoke to the media about his condition at the end of this season and about the opponent.
"We're at the end of a long season but what else could motivate a player at this time than an international call-up? A tough opponent awaits us - we've watched Belarus' last three matches and we know they don't really give their opponent much room to play in; they have very good, organised players and are led by quick attackers. In my opinion, we've prepared well for them".