Matjaž Kek spoke to the players in the dressing room despite the victory: ‘I won’t allow this! That’s why it’s such a good, manly conversation”
Slovenia in Belfast didn’t shine, but they still won. Many would say that this is the hallmark of great national teams… Well, Slovenia has certainly matured as a national team and took the next big step towards generational success in Northern Ireland. Although Matjaž Kek was clearly more than satisfied with the victory, he was not happy with everything he saw. He spoke about this when asked by reporters in Belfast what he thought of Adam Gnezde Cerin’s goal, which decided the game in the fifth minute with a masterful free kick.
“Slovenia rarely beats Finland, Slovenia has never won in Northern Ireland, Slovenia rarely scores a goal against Adam, but when they do, they score in spectacular fashion… You have to challenge luck, but you must not rely on it, because then football comes back to you and I don’t want you to be boisterous, disrespectful, too talented. I don’t allow that and that’s why the boys and I have now sat down in the changing room for a bit. We had such a good, manly conversation. Let’s move on, they have their commitments, they are already focused on clubs like Madrid, Udinese, Panathinaikos… This is our life. But Denmark – I hear now – also had problems with San Marino,” said Matjaž Kek at a press conference after the match at Windsor Park.
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