Matjaž Kek reveals list of players for Northern Ireland and San Marino: Slovenian selector with expected strengths
In September, the
the Slovenian national football team
, which will be represented in the qualifiers for the Euro qualification 2024 matches against Northern Ireland at home in Ljubljana and San Marino away. On Tuesday, at Brdo pri Kranju, Selector Matjaž Kek announced the list of players he will be counting on, and his selection is not surprising. The list is more or less identical to the previous one, there are no new faces, but Tomi Horvat and Domen Črnigoj have been dropped. Andres Vombergar, who recently changed employers and is still getting used to football in the UAE, is also absent.
It’s encouraging to see Jan Oblak back, who was absent last time due to injury, but of course it’s not a surprise – the great goalkeeper has already started defending regularly for Atletico Madrid. As for the goalkeepers, he has dropped out Aljaž Ivačič, which is also expected, at least given that he is a former member of the Olimpija before the match with He left the Danish national team camp voluntarily. “Our ambition is clear: to get points in both matches,” says Matjaž Kek, who is aware that Slovenia’s defeat away to Slovenia in the battle for the European Championship is not going well. Helsinki: “In the last cycle, points were scarce.”
Matjaž Kek: “We have to make up for lost time”
The Maribor resident continued about his expectations for September: “As the qualification continues, our desire or belief that we are of sufficient quality to be considered for a place in this group continues. Our ambitions are clear, we want to win points in both games. The list is appropriate for the moment, we are in the middle of league matches and the transfer deadline. We are focused on Northern Ireland, with which we do not have the best experience, but tradition is there to be broken. Here comes a tough, aggressive opponent who is good defensively, but can also make some plays. We are missing points from Helsinki and we need to build on the positive energy of the Denmark game to make up for it.”
Slovenia will take on Northern Ireland at Stožice next Thursday, starting at 20.45. Three days later, the Serravalle match will follow, also starting at 20.45.
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