Roy: “We are more comfortable at this level”

Ahead of tonight’s World Cup Qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Football Gibraltar caught up with Gibraltar captain Roy Chipolina to gather his thoughts ahead of the big game.

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Gibraltar’s last game against Cyprus saw a promising performance put in by the team away from home. How confident are you that the team can put in a similar performance away at Bosnia?

“It was an extremely encouraging performance, one I was absolutely gutted to miss, and I’m definitely sure that it was no coincidence. We are improving at this level every single game so why not. We can’t wait for Bosnia.”

Bosnia may not be the most familiar opposition to most Gibraltarians. What can you tell people reading this article about Gibraltar’s upcoming opponents this weekend?

“That they will be strong, physical and playing in front of an expectant home crowd. Any game at this level is tough and this will be no different. But I can guarantee you that we will be giving it our all.”

Jeff Wood spoke of the importance of senior players such as yourself within the team, especially with nurturing the next generation of Gibraltarian players. As captain, is there anything that you specifically do to help the younger members of the national team integrate easily into the squad?

“I hope that I can lead by example with my attitude to training, in the camp and on the pitch. Ultimately I’m the captain so that brings extra responsibilities and if any young player needs advice or needs to be spoken to that’s my role. It is and always will be an absolute honour to captain Gibraltar.”

Gibraltar are nearly half-way through their maiden World Cup Qualifying campaign already. How would you sum up the campaign so far?

“Apart from four crazy minutes against Greece and the second half against Estonia we have showed that we are improving and getting better. We are more comfortable at this level and showed all that we are not just here to park the bus, and we are not on a damage limitation exercise. We can play football and wherever possible we will try to do so.”

Gibraltar take on Bosnia-Herzegovina this evening at the Stadion Bilino Polje. Kick off is at 6pm Gibraltar time, and you can keep up to date on the game via our FGScoreCentre Twitter account.