Jan Mlakar doesn’t run away from the fact that six points is a legitimate goal for September: “If we want to play at the Euros, it shouldn’t be a problem for us”
If Jan Mlakar had sent the ball just an inch lower towards the opposition goal in the second half of the last national team match at Stožice in June… Well, then Matjaz Kek ‘s squad might have two more points. But even a point against Denmark is not a bad result. But it is clear that the battle for Euro 2024 to step on the accelerator. Jan Mlakar, still a member against Denmark Split Hajduk, is well aware of this.
“We have two very important qualification matches ahead of us, so we also need to be careful. But first and foremost, we need to be confident,” said Jan Mlakar at Brdo pri Kranju, where the Slovenian national team is preparing for Thursday’s clash with Northern Ireland (a few days later they will play away in San Marino).
Jan Mlakar: “There are no easy opponents nowadays”
“Our goal is very clear: we want to win six points. After all, we have to be aware of our qualities! It is also important to remember that it is a privilege to be expected to make a full return. This means that the public is with us. To trust us. To believe in us. Anyway: if we want to play at the European Championships, all this should not be a problem for us. Just an extra challenge and motivation,” continued the 24-year-old, who has played eight matches for Slovenia so far, scoring once.
The first opponent will be, as mentioned, Northern Ireland, with whom Slovenia still has some outstanding scores from the past. “The match against Denmark showed that we have quality when we play as a team. If we breathe as one. If so, we can beat anyone. This is how we must approach both upcoming showdowns, and in particular – clearly – against Northern Ireland. If we look after ourselves first and do everything to be the right us, then we will have no problems,” believes Jan Mlakar, who didn’t waste too many words on the Islanders.
“We do not have much time to prepare, but we do have some information. But as I said before – we have to look at ourselves and how we will be on the pitch. But it is clear that this is a dangerous rival. There are no easy opponents these days. The Northern Irish also have their qualities and it will certainly not be easy,“, ahead of the showdown with the national team currently ranked in the FIFA rankings 64. City, says Jan Mlakar.
Pisa followed and chased him for several years
If he shook Denmark’s crossbar as a member of Hajduk, he will try to score Northern Ireland’s goal as a member of Pisa. Jan Mlakar admitted that he is happy to return to Italy, where he has played for Fiorentina and Venezia. “Yes, it is true. I am very happy that it turned out the way it did for me. Indeed, Pisa followed me for a few years and wanted to bring me into her ranks. Now she has succeeded, and I am glad that she did. I think for me it is a step forward. Serie B is a very demanding league and we are a club with high ambitions. The goal is Serie A. We have a good team, a good coach, everything is as it should be. So… I have a big challenge ahead of me,” concluded the Ljubljana resident.
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