Aluminij’s coach Robert Pevnik said that Kidričevo will continue to rely on young players, but warns: ‘It’s a long-term job’
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On Friday, in the Telemach First League, will kick off the last round before the last national team break of the year, which we all believe will bring us the greatest football joy in more than a decade. Aluminij and Bravo will compete in Kidričevo, two clubs that are leading the way this season in terms of the number of opportunities they offer to young players. Aluminij was in recent survey, conducted by the Swiss CIES observatory, named the club with the youngest starting eleven in the world. Bravo, meanwhile, was tenth.
While Bravo’s love for playing with young people doesn’t affect his results, the story is a bit different in Kidričevo. Aluminij is at the bottom of the standings, but Robert Pevnik stresses that the direction of the Styrian club will not change no matter what.
“Aluminija’s united policy as a club is to offer opportunities to young people, and I think we are really on the right track in this respect,” said Robert Pevnik, who will take on the Ljubljanaers at 17.30 today, for Metropolitan.
Aluminij wants to be a springboard
Robert Pevnik, the second to last in the Telemach First League, is satisfied with the direction Aluminij is heading. “It shows that we are doing a good job. We have national players, many of whom are already proving themselves at the highest level in the country. We are working to make Aluminij a springboard for the best young people in the country and to be recognised as such. So as a club that is serious about young people, as a club that, with its systematic work and excellent training conditions, opens the door to the wide world of football,” says the 54-year-old, who stresses the need to be patient. Working with young people is above all a long-term job.
“But we must never overdo it. No one thing should be overdone … On the other hand, it is important to identify those boys who stand out for their talent and skills relatively quickly and to start working seriously and systematically on their development. Youth is welcome in football, but youth without quality means little. That is why selection is of course crucial. As I said, in Slovenian football it is important to work with young people, because we have a lot of talent, but you have to be patient, because it is mostly about working in the long term. Young people, no matter how good they are, will make mistakes. Mistakes are part of life, and it is up to us, the elderly, to suffer them and not judge too quickly. Young people need more opportunities and, above all, a huge amount of patience,” added the former coach of Olimpija.
This text was automatically translated using AI.