Jan Mlakar refuses to postpone celebrations until Kazakhstan: Slovenia goes to Denmark with a clear desire to win (and Euro 2024)
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The hustle and bustle in the otherwise peaceful and idyllic surroundings of Brdo pri Kranju is once again at a very high level. This is what Slovenia’s national team is doing as they prepare for the conclusion of the qualification for the Euro 2024. The equation is simple: a win in Denmark leads to the European Championship, the backup scenario is a point against Kazakhstan. But Jan Mlakar refuses to postpone the celebration of his great success to a match in a sold-out Stožice.
“We do not want, and cannot afford, to go into any match on anything other than winning. We play every game to win. That’s what we want to do in Denmark,” said Jan Mlakar, who has been earning his club living in neighbouring Italy since the summer, where he is a member of Pisa.
Jan Mlakar: “We are in a good position”
The Ljubljana player added that Slovenia simply has to take advantage of the excellent position it has been in over the past eight Group H qualification matches. “We are in a good position, it is nice to have the reins in our hands. But we should not think too much about the fact that we have two chances to qualify for the European Championships. We have to go match by match, for now we are only thinking about the showdown with Denmark and then onwards,” said Jan Mlakar, adding firmly.We definitely want to confirm our place at the World Championships in Denmark. A win in Copenhagen would in any case be celebrated in front of the home crowd on Monday.”
Denmark will go into the match against Slovenia very weakened, missing stars Simon Kjaer, Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund. The Slovenian striker is not paying too much attention to this. “Denmark is a very good team with top players. Even if Eriksen and Højlund are missing, the Danes still have a top team and players playing for good clubs. We have to look at ourselves, we have the quality, and we have proved it. We need to be lively and go for the win,” concluded 25-year-old Jan Mlakar.
This text was automatically translated using AI.