The coach of the Panamanian soccer team, Hernán Darío "Bolillo" Gómez, said today in an interview to TVN-Radio that the training for the friendly matches against Northern Ireland and Norway will be led by his assistants Elkin Sánchez and Édgar “Pánzer” Carvajal.
“The team’s training for Northern Ireland and Norway is of Elkin Sánchez on the physical subject and Pánzer (Édgar Carvajal) with the tactical work on the field,” said the Colombian strategist in the interview with the Panamanian media.
What “Bolillo” Gómez did not make clear in the interview is why he was delegating responsibility for these matches to his assistants.
The Panamanian team will bid farewell to their fans on May 29 with a match against Northern Ireland at Rommel Fernandez in the Panamanian capital, while on June 6, in Oslo, they will face Norway.
He went off to say that after the game against Norway he will take the team to provide them with tactical information.
“It will be 70 to 80 percent of physical work and 15 to 20 tactical, so you don’t forget, in Russia it will be 50 and 50 percent in tactical and physical work and close to the game will be 80 percent tactical and 20 percent physical,” said the coach.
“Bolillo” said that he will try to align in the games against Northern Ireland and Norway players who are very close to what he will do in the World Cup.
“From now on I will try to give continuity to an alignment similar to the World Cup, if there is any change it is because I have doubts about something,” he said.
On the challenge ahead of the Panamanian players for their debuts in the World Cup in Russia, Bolillo said that nothing scares the Panamanian players.
“The Panamanian player mentally is not scared of the rival, he is more afraid of his country, his family, his people,” he said.
Today Gómez revealed the provisional list of 35 players ahead of the World Cup and on June 4 we will know the final 23 that will face the tournament.
“We have 20 clear picks from the 23 that go to the World Cup,” said the coach, but did not reveal their names yet.
Panama was seeded in Group G of the 2018 Russia World Cup, along with Belgium, with which they will debut on June 18, England and Tunisia, which they will play on the 24th and 28th, respectively.