Albert Riera and Celje knocked out Vitoria, but after the dramatic match in Portugal, he had no hesitation in saying “We were better!”
may have produced the biggest surprise of the second round of the Conference League qualifiers is not far from the truth. Albert Riera, who barely took over the Celje team, knocked Vitoria Guimaraes, a club playing in the elite Portuguese league, out of Europe. Celjani lost the first leg 3:4, won the second leg 1:0, and were eventually promoted after an 11th-minute penalty shootout. Albert Riera was beaming with pride and satisfaction after the game.
“I cannot say whether Vitoria was arrogant towards us or not. But I can say that we were better than Vitoria,“, after the end of the match against Zlatko Zahović’ s former club (who had spoken out loud before the game).
had announced Vitoria’s promotion
…), Albert Riera pointed out and continued.We learned from the mistakes we made in the first game and gave the right information and instructions to the players. Our plan has succeeded. But the credit goes to the players. I just gave them a plan… I am very proud of what they have done. I would say we were better than Vitoria for almost the whole game.“
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