Matjaž Kek calms passions after Belfast win, but also stressed: ‘One of the most important moments in Slovenian football’
He has been searching for the right formula for a long time, at times on the verge of despair, but now Matjaž Kek is back where he was: on the verge of a big competition. Slovenia just one point away from making it to the European European Championships. Regardless of how the penultimate game against Denmark turns out, a point will be enough in the last round against Kazakhstan. Well, the victory in Copenhagen… Then the last game would be a parade of champions.
“You’re getting a bit ahead of yourself,” Matjaž Kek said in his “on the ball” style when the scenario was mentioned, stressing that he was not interested in mathematics, but only in the next match against Denmark.
Matjaž Kek: “Proof that the boys have matured”
As for the Belfast win, Matjaž Kek honestly admitted that the performance was not the best and that Slovenia has played better games.“But the artistic impression was the least important thing this time,” Matjaž Kek told Sport TV after the Windsor Park celebrations, before continuing.These guys are the first generation to win in Belfast. This is one of the most important moments in Slovenian football. Knowing what happened in Helsinki, there was a little bit of nervousness, there was some emotion. But we tried to think only about ourselves. It’s moments like these that show that the team is mature, that the boys have matured. So congratulations to them, this victory was entirely their victory. There was no beauty, no spectacular football. But it’s hard to play games like this when the opponent is always looking for a foul. I’m excited to see what’s in store for us… We were a bit nervous, we needed more calm. But these are young boys. Mistakes happen. And we won! This is the most important.”
Although Matjaž Kek doesn’t want to talk about the Euros out loud yet, we’re sure that he’s already got all sorts of scenarios running through his head about what could happen in November. “Today, it was the result that counted. We have gained new points, and now have 19. It’s a really good prospect for a happy November,“, added the Maribor man in his own style.
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