There are no more provocations for Timo Max Elsinick of Styria ahead of the derby with Maribor: « It usually does not end well for others. » He lost one derby in the league with Olympia. He believes in victory until Saturday when the derby round 13 takes place. « I expect that we will defeat Maribor and thus respond to the defeat in CSKA. » Last weekend Bravo shocked them with 6:1. « You have to lose some matches. I’m glad we lost it before the derby, » Albert Riera said in a deep speech to the press.
Olympia coach Albert Riera, who was impressed by the large number of journalists at the press conference ahead of the Maribor derby, says his preparations are no different from any other match. « It doesn’t matter if we play with Bravo, Gorica or Maribor. » The defeat in the last round against Bravo (1:6) did not cause disturbances in the locker room. « We’re fine. We went out to eat together yesterday. We had a great time. We’re ready for Maribor, » said the 24-year-old captain and first star of the first-team lead. Timmy Max Elšnik. « I expect that we will defeat Maribor and therefore we will respond to the defeat at CSKA. » They no longer think of defeat. Even the defeat at Celje had no consequences, Elšnik adds. « We have a healthy squad, a healthy personality. Even during the matches we really fell behind, but we showed that we can come back when we fall behind. »
For Elšnik, of Štajer, playing in the Olimpija shirt against Maribor is nothing special. No more provocations either. « I’ve been here for a long time now that it’s ‘over’ ten times over, and it usually doesn’t end well for the rest. I think the stats are pretty much on my side. » Since Elšnik played for the Olimpija (January 2020), Maribor has won only one of the 11 derbies in the league.
The Spanish coach emphasized on the bench at Olympia that for the sake of Slovenian football, it is necessary to focus more on the football itself. In doing so, he may have also had in mind the many stories and rumors appearing in some media about Operation Olimpija which the club’s manager, Igor Bariši, firmly rejected in the second part of this press conference. « Slovenian football, the level of play in the Slovenian league, will help everyone greatly if they are interested in football, only in football. And not in other things. »
Riera: We’re only human, we’re not robots and we’re not machines either
These words were also criticized in the media after the big defeat in the last round. “We are the same team that has won eight games in a row, or ten out of 12. In eleven games, I would say 12, we were outperforming the opponent. I don’t think so before the season, not even one percent of people thought that could happen. But it happened. Now we lost one game. I said we were going to lose matches, concede goals. This is football. All the best clubs in the world score goals and lose and become bad games. We are only human, not robots nor machines. We have lost the game. We have to We respect these guys, and support them. They can have one bad match. I’ve seen a lot of negative comments. I repeat: We weren’t the best before and we are not the worst now. With these words, I want to express my support for our players. Not just our players, all the players in this league And by doing that, we will go to serve the league, the teams, the players and the coaches.”
« You have to lose! You have to! Otherwise, how are you going to learn anything?! »
Defeats are part of the sport. In his lengthy introductory talk to reporters, Reera continued, you can only advance with them. « I already said after the fourth, fifth and sixth game that we’re going to lose some matches. This is football. You have to lose! You have to lose! Otherwise, how are you going to learn anything?! If you just win, you don’t. » Don’t learn. You have to lose some matches. I’m glad we lost before the derby. Because for the coach, the week before the derby is the easiest week. Believe me. From a psychological point of view, I don’t. No need to prepare players. They are ready. They focus on the game.” After the first defeat of the season, after the defeat to Selji a month ago, he said that was followed by the best training week of the season. “Because we learn from defeats. But when we win, we don’t focus on our shortcomings, on the things we don’t do well. »
Prize Draw for Eternal Derby Ticket Purchasers
NK Olimpija will be organizing an entertainment program for fans in front of the stadium on Saturday. It will happen two hours before the derby starts. They will also have a lottery for all ticket buyers. The prizes are: lunch with coach Riera, lunch with Elšnik and Nukić and VIP tickets for the Champions League match between Bayern and Inter.
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« I’m sure we are the best team in the league »
Despite the big defeat against Bravo, the player did not criticize the approach. « We played a desperate match. The result says it all. But you can’t blame the attitude of the players. » When we asked him what this defeat taught them, he replied that they were scoring a lot of goals. They have won 15 in their last six matches, before that they had not won a single in their first six matches. « We have to fix that. I’m convinced we’re the best team in the league. Even though we lost 1-6, we had the ball in our possession 64 percent of the playing time. I learned we had to score the fewest. To win at the start of the season, the most credible, that we didn’t concede. No goals. That was the key.” It was easier for them with the first goalkeeper Matveci Vidovsk Among the publications, now he is missing due to injury. Riera says he is already training and it is only a matter of time before he is ready to play again.
Elsnik: There is no secret in Maribor’s style of play
Rera did not want to talk about Maribor. Elšnik joked that he expected purple or white Maribor. There are no secrets in the first league regarding the game. « They have eleven starts, maybe two more players. I don’t see how they can surprise us. We all watch Maribor matches, so we already know that. That is why it is not difficult for the coach to prepare our team for Maribor but if you ask any foreigner in the team, does Gorica know, but he He probably said no. We all watch Barcelona matches too, while we don’t watch Osasuna matches. There is no secret in Maribor’s style of play. »
« Is the derby in Stožice worth double the number of fans, more than ten thousand? » As we asked Elšnik at the press conference. « I would have deserved it, but I don’t expect it. If you have certain expectations, you are disappointed. But if you don’t have expectations, everything is plus. It will definitely be more of a match than usual. We are also guilty that it will not be what it could be. » ‘Cause we didn’t do ourselves the favor of defeat. But I don’t bother about it. If a few thousand more came, the atmosphere would already be different.. We’d be happy, content with it on our own. The matches are the most beautiful and most memorable.” The derby will start on Saturday, 8:15 pm, in Stožice.
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