Kosovo manager issues a stern warning to England

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Bernard Challandes

Kosovo manager Bernard Challandes has issued an extraordinary warning to England over the “crazy” pressing they will face from his side during Tuesday’s European Qualifier.

The 68-year-old Swiss coach stunned watching reporters at his press conference on Sunday as he shouted during an explanation of Kosovo’s tactical approach to the St Mary’s encounter.

Kosovo, who sit second in Group A behind England, are looking to maintain an unbeaten start to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign, having won two and drawn two of their opening four fixtures.

“It’s tactical pressing,” Challandes said. “In a crazy game, it’s go, return, go, go, go, go, go!

“Perhaps they lose the ball and we score, because gegenpressing is not only defence, it’s preparation for a goal for us.

“It’s, for me, crazy pressing.”

After being appointed as Kosovo boss in March last year, Challandes has enjoyed an extraordinary start in the role, remaining unbeaten 14 games into his tenure.