Slovenian coach Matjaž Kek pleased with the performance after the victory over the USA, also emphasized: “I wish for more such actions!”
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They traveled 9000 kilometers, won, and returned home. But Matjaž Kek says it was worth it. Not so much because of the victory, but more because Slovenia, with an action outside the official FIFA schedule, offered an opportunity to players who will undoubtedly come in handy for the coach in the future. Matjaž Kek acknowledged this after the match in San Antonio.
“It is always good to win. It is always nice to win. This time even more so because Slovenia has not beaten the USA yet,” said Matjaž Kek after the 1:0 victory. This was his hundredth game on the bench for Slovenia, although it was not officially recognized, and official statistical channels will not record it as such. Nevertheless, jubilee aside, Matjaž Kek got what he wanted in the USA.
Matjaž Kek: “This was to be expected”
“In the first half, I saw a lot of good things. Really a lot of good things. Even the goal came from what we tried to present in these four, five training sessions,” emphasized Maribor’s coach and admitted what we all saw: “Then we fell a bit too much. In the end, it was evident that they have been together for a longer time, played more games like this, while we played our first. But with the will and all this, I am very, very satisfied. Extremely satisfied. Less so with the last 10, 15, 20 minutes when we also physically dropped. But the players are only at the beginning of preparations, and this was to be expected. As well as the fact that nervousness was present. This is logical; there were many debutants,.”
At the same time, Matjaž Kek expressed hope that there will be more such actions in the future, as he is convinced that they can only benefit Slovenia. “This match is proof that such actions are necessary. They are very beneficial for younger, less experienced players. I really want to continue with such practices. To gather like this at least once or twice a year. To gather such guys and give them a chance. Only in this way can we create a pool from which we can draw when problems arise,” added Matjaž Kek after the game at Toyota Field.
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