MOLDOVA COACH ARRIVES WITH A WORRY; I Fear My Players Will Tremble amid Emotion
Byline: DAVID FACEY
MOLDOVA coach Ivan Karas admits he is worried that his team could be submerged under the tidal wave of emotion that will surround tomorrow's World Cup qualifier.
Karas flew into London with his squad yesterday, suggesting that many of his young players may be 'trembling at the knees' at the prospect of playing England in such a highly-charged atmosphere.
He said: 'We're realists.
All we want to do is to play with dignity. But Wembley will be an additional problem for us following Princess Diana's tragic death.
'My players realise that for them it will be their only chance to play there. I am very much afraid they will tremble at the emotion of it all.'
Skipper Alexandru Cuerteian was in more defiant mood, although he promised that his team will not be immune to the mood of the occasion - they will join England in wearing black ribbons in memory of the Princess.
Curteian's country one of the most impoverished fragments of the former Soviet Union - may be among the most underdeveloped nations in Europe. But he said they have still been among those marvelling at the outpouring of emotions following the death of Princess Diana.
He said the Moldova players were aware of the passion their England counterparts are certain to generate as the nation wills them on to a morale-boosting victory. …