San Marino coach Pierangelo Manzaroli believes his side were too nervous in the early stages of the 2-0 defeat against Lithuania, his competitive debut after being promoted from the Under-21 side, and that is what ultimately cost them a point in their opening Group E game: "Conceding a goal early in the game was crucial because we had great expectations ahead of this game and we wanted more than just a good performance."
"That early goal was a blow," he continued. "Maybe our expectations were too high because Lithuania are a team with great quality and we could earn a good result only by giving a real fight from kick-off. I think the players were a bit nervous in the beginning instead. In the second half we were more brave, we started to defend higher up the pitch and we finally played at our standards."
Captain Andy Selva was also disappointed with the approach to the game: "Unfortunately we gave away an early goal and it killed our spirit for a few minutes," the 38-year-old forward said. "In the second half we played much better, we were braver and tried to press them high up the pitch, so we saw a completely different game. We have to play as we did in the second half in the future."
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