Albert Riera led Celje to another victory in Murska Sobota: “We treated the ball like a girl. And the ball gave it back to us”
Top-ranked club in the Slovenian championship Celje were away at Mura at the Fazanerija Stadium on Saturday night, which has experienced a real resurgence in results after the arrival of new coach Vladimir Vermezović. This is why the Black and Whites were optimistic about the arrival of the team led by Albert Riera. The optimism was all the greater because Celje lost for the first time in the previous round. But it was Albert Riera who celebrated anyway, while Vladimir Vermezović suffered his first defeat as Mura coach. It ended 2-0 to Celje, with goals by Mark Zabukovnik and, after a big mistake by the home defence, by Yegor Prucev.
“In football, you play a game on Wednesday and then another on Saturday, ideally every weekend. Everything goes quickly and you don’t have time to feel bad. I told the boys after the Aluminij game that I was angry with them because they felt bad after losing one game. I do not allow them to think negatively. We know what this team is capable of. Let the boys keep believing in themselves and keep playing the way they know how. Even playing like that, we will lose sometimes, but that’s football. I am very pleased. As I told them before, the best feeling is to win and to finish the game with the ball between your legs,” said Albert Riera after the celebration in Murska Sobota.
Albert Riera: Football is very simple”
On the showdown with the Prekmurci, the Spaniard added: “I am the one who organises everything. But how the players play is up to them. They play well because they are quality. I’m just opening their eyes to the different ways they can play… This time, we forced the home players to run more and, as a result, got tired. Football is very simple and the ball is like a magnet. Everyone wants it. But I have the feeling that the opponent didn’t have much. We treated her like a girl. And the ball gave it back.”
After the victory in Fazanerija, the former Olimpija coach reiterated that Celje is the main favourite for the championship title. ”Yes, my team is that team. If it were otherwise, I would have said so. Of course, we will also lose here and there and have difficult moments. The Championship is a marathon that lasts 10 months… This match gives us confidence. We will continue our work and win many more matches.”
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