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Gibraltar take on Switzerland in the Stade de Tourbillon, Sion, in the second of this week’s European Qualifiers double header.

Switzerland are currently ranked 11thin FIFA’s World Rankings and are the highest ranked team in Group D.  With one Win and two draws from their three group games, so far, the Swiss will be looking to get their Qualifying campaign back on track in the alpine town of Sion on Sunday evening.

On Thursday evening they looked set to come away from the Aviva Stadium with all three points and a huge away win, but a  last minute David McGoldrick equaliser cancelled out Fabian Schar’s opener. In front of an expectant home crowd, Switzerland, who made the UEFA Nations League Final Four, will need to deliver.

For Gibraltar, Julio Ribas and his team of ‘Gibraltarian Warriors’ or ‘Guerreros Gibraltanos’ (as he affectionately refers to them) it’s all about progress and developing as a team. Only three of the players who started versus Denmark were over 24 years of age.

Ribas put his team through their final training session this morning, going through the last minute deatils as is his extremely thorough style. 

 

 

 

 

 

All 23 players took part in this morning's session meaning, at present, the whole squad will be available for selection tomorrow evening.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking ahead of the assembled Media ahead of the game tomorrow, Ribas was full of praise for the quality of the opposition that Gibraltar will be coming up against tomorrow. Yet as always he had dared his players to dream. To dream about what could happen. ‘After all what sportsman or woman or indeed competitor does not go onto any field of play dreaming about being successful”. A success for Ribas would be to continue the development the Gibraltar team has undoubtedly shown since he took over at the helm.

 

 

 

 

 

Alongside Ribas addressing the media in Switzerland was his Goalkeeper, Dayle Coleing (who Ribas gave a debut to against Denmark). Coleing expressed his delight at earning his first cap, despite the score line, on Thursday evening and praised the strength in depth that Gibraltar football now has between the sticks: “The three of us here (Coleing, Goldwin & Cafer) are all different types of keepers but we all get along so well and whichever one of us plays we all want the chosen keeper to do well.  Under the amazing guidance of Julio and our Goakeeping Coach, Christian Wink, we are improving constantly. And then there are all the others in the U21’s who are pushing us hard.”

 

Kick off tomorrow in Sion is at 6pm and the game is live on GBC TV.