Žan Vipotnik reveals what Albert Riera said to him before his return to Slovenia: “Before I left, he told me to enjoy myself first and foremost”
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If Jasmin Kurtić is the most experienced of the Slovenian national players, Žan Vipotnik is the one with the least experience, if you take out the 23-year-old winger Nino Žugelj, the newest protégé of selector Matjaž Kek . Žan Vipotnik, a forward for French second division team Bordeaux, impressed in Ligue 2 last weekend after scoring two goals, adding an assist and a goal in the championship matc and gave Albert Riera his first win on the bench of the club.
Žan Vipotnik, meanwhile, has already turned his attention to the national team challenges and told the media Brdu pri Kranju, where he is travelling in the Slovenian national team kit, said that focus and awareness of the Danish quality are important for Friday’s success, even though the northerners will be weakened, as they will be missing three key figures of their national team.
“The best weekend in Bordeaux is behind me, because we played a very good game and recorded an important victory. I’m also happy with my performance, so it was much easier for me to make it to the national team after scoring two goals.,” said the former striker of Maribor and quickly turned his thoughts to the showdown with Denmark.
Žan Vipotnik: “It’s hard to say they are weakened”
“We have an important game ahead of us where we will need to be focused. The Danes have a very good team and, despite the absence of some players, I can hardly say that they are weakened. They constantly confirm their quality in big competitions, they score few goals, which in turn is an additional motivation for us, the strikers. In any case, I expect a dynamic team with a tough defence,” said the 21-year-old, who stresses that Slovenia’s goal is clear – to qualify for Euro 2024.
Žan Vipotnik also revealed what his club coach Albert Riera said to him before he returned home.We hit it off on the first day, of course we knew each other from before. Before I left for the national team, he told me to enjoy myself and that everything else would fall into place.”
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