Matjaž Kek explains why he cancelled training in Belfast: “Calm and concentration are the most important things for us at the moment”
Matjaž Kek took his charges to Belfast on Monday, where they will face the eighth qualifying match for the Euro 2024. Slovenia leads the standings after seven rounds Matjaž Kek surprised many by deciding that his squad would not hold an official training session on the pitch at Windsor Park the day before the match. The national team trained one last time at Brdo pri Kranju before heading to the Island.
“I think we have better conditions here and more time to prepare for the game in peace. At this moment, calm and concentration are the most important things for us,” explained Matjaž Kek, who spent most of his time on the player’s recovery after the win over Finland. ”It’s been a very short time since the last game, so we are trying to get the players as fit as possible and ready for the new challenge. Only today we will see who can play and who cannot. It is clear that there are some consequences after the tough game against Finland, but there are no major problems.”
Although according to some calculations Slovenia has a 78% chance ofqualifying for the European Championship, Matjaž Kek calms the euphoria that has already gripped Slovenia: “I am a man who tries to be realistic and pass all this on to the boys. Any euphoria could be disastrous. You can only make a living from football if you look ahead and are objective enough.“
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