Luc Holtz, coach of Luxembourg:
Slovakia are a great team. They are very difficult to play against, especially away from home. They are first in the group, [clearly] they have quality. Some of our players were not at their best, because they knew in advance about the strengths of our opponents. Slovakia belong among the best in this group.
We have squad which contains many youngsters. It is true we made mistakes in the beginning: we were playing too high, leaving spaces in the back. Mistakes can happen if you are under pressure from your opponent. We were more compact after break, with our defensive barrier being more effective.
Luxembourg arrived in Slovakia this morning ahead of Friday's game, with coach Luc Holtz accompanied by the 19 he selected in his squad for the qualifier in Zilina and Tuesday's friendly in Turkey. Three players had to stay at home for the two games with midfielder Christopher Martins (ankle), striker Dave Turpel (shoulder) and defender Mathias Jänisch (calf) all out with injuries.
The squad in full is:
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Joubert (F91 Dudelange), Anthony Moris (KV Mechelen).
Defenders: Laurent Jans (CS Fola Esch), Maxime Chanot (KV Kortrijk), Tom Schnell (F91 Dudelange), Kevin Malget (F91 Dudelange), Ben Vogel (FC Victoria Rosport)
Midfielders: Dwayn Holter (SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Lars Gerson (GIF Sundsvall), Chris Philipps (FC Metz), Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen), Tom Laterza (CS Fola Esch), Ben Payal (CS Fola Esch), Florian Bohnert (1. FC Saarbrücken)
Forwards: Aurélien Joachim (PFC CSKA Sofia), Stefano Bensi (CS Fola Esch), Maurice Deville (1. FC Kaiserslautern), Daniel Da Mota (F91 Dudelange), Antonio Luisi (FC Differdange 03)
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