Captain Jan Oblak also impressed by Šporar&Šeško: “It’s definitely better that Slovenia’s biggest weapon is offence”
Slovenia beat Northern Ireland on Thursday; the defence may have been a bit shaky and Jan Oblak had to make a couple of good saves. But the power demonstrated by Slovenia in the attack was devastating. The Slovenians scored four goals: two by Andraž Šporar, who already has ten national team goals, and one by Benjamin Šeško, who also had two assists. The forward duo also impressed Slovenian captain Jan Oblak.
“Surely it is better that Slovenia’s biggest weapon is attack. If you want to get somewhere, you need hits. This time, our forwards played excellently. They have been like this all week in training, they were like this in the warm-up and I had a really good feeling about it in the locker room before the game,” said Jan Oblak after the game in Stožice in the mixed zone.
But the Atletico Madrid star agrees with selector Matjaz Kek – Slovenia’s defensive performance was not up to scratch: “Defensively, we will have to do even better. We have received too many hits. In serious matches, not that this one wasn’t serious, but against even tougher opponents it can punish us. If our strikers keep up their form and we improve our defence, we have a bright future ahead of us.”
Jan Oblak: “Qualification is not like the championship”
After another victory, Slovenia is back on track for Euro 2024, and Jan Oblak sincerely believes that Slovenia could be one of the teams that will play in Germany next summer . I’ve been talking for a long time about my dream being to qualify for the European Championships or the World Championships. Unfortunately, I am only talking about it, because we have not yet succeeded. I believe that this time we can. I believe in the team, I believe we are on the right track. Now we need to win against San Marino and then go into October and November with calm heads. It’s a tough group, with four teams competing at the Euros.”
No matter what, there is no time for euphoria, the teams in Group H are still very evenly matched. “I have been warning since the start of the qualifiers that we have to go match by match. The ultimate goal is to compete at the Euros, but the most important thing is the next game. If you don’t win your next match, you’re in trouble immediately. Qualifying is not like the championship, where there are 38 rounds and you can afford to slip up. In qualifying, any slip-up is punishable. But I believe in this team. I believe we will succeed,” he says Škofjelochan, who is also delighted with the support from the stands.
“But it’s nice to have someone cheering for you. This is always welcome and an extra help. The whole stadium, not just this group of supporters, deserves congratulations. I believe they will be even louder at the next home game. We applauded them after the game, and in the end it’s all down to them. They deserve it. I hope that the atmosphere at Slovenia’s matches will always be better,” concluded 30-year-old Jan Oblak.
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