Jasmin Kurtić wants to erase painful memories of Euro 2016 qualifiers: ‘In life, you have to experience difficult moments’
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It is true that he no longer plays a key role on the ground, but with 87 appearances for the Slovenia national team and fourth place on the all-time list , Jasmin Kurtić is by far the most experienced member of the Slovenian camp. The experienced midfielder is aware and at the same time stresses that the games against Denmark and Kazakhstan will not only be about individual quality and that this will be the most important moment in the career for most of the boys that selector Matjaž Kek will take to the final qualification round for the Euro 2024.
“ZWe are aware of what these two games bring us, but we are not being dramatic. We are doing the same as before, training, socialising, because that’s what brought us here. We have to have the right approach and that is how the result will come. Denmark is a very good team, even if some players are missing. We expect a lot of dynamism in their game, they are playing at home, so we will have to be very tactical on the pitch and pay attention to the distances between the lines or players. Communication will also be important. We will do our utmost to frustrate their qualities,” the former Atalanta player revealed his plans ahead of the game in Copenhagen.
Jasmin Kurtić has been one step away from a major competition in the past, in 2015, when Slovenia lost in the extra qualifiers for Euro 2016. In the regular qualifying round against Switzerland, they were already 2-0 up, and if they had won… But the hosts then served up an incredible turnaround, from 80. The team scored three goals in the next minute to win 3:2.
“That game with Switzerland is still in the back of our minds. You have to go through difficult moments in your life to get to a high level, because you can do things differently based on past experiences.,” said Jasmin Kurtić, who believes that this time, too, luck will be on Slovenia’s side.
Despite the optimism of the Slovenian football public, Jasmin Kurtić has left the Danes as the favourites to finish before leaving for Copenhagen: “Denmark should be the favourite again, that’s what we prefer. It’s always on the pitch who’s better. Not only quality, but also a team that breathes as one, that communicates, that fights for every ball..”
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