Ante Šimundža critical of his players after Maribor’s defeat to Brav: “The bar of expectations should not be lowered”
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was away in Ljubljana on Sunday at
Ante Šimundža had to quickly face the harsh reality of the giant from the Styrian capital… The first half ended goalless in Spodnja Siska, but Bravo took the lead in the second half when Matej Poplatnik scored with a header. Xhuliano Skuka managed to equalise after a pass from Josip Iličić, but before the end of the match, the
Matic Ivanšek scored on his debut
and sealed a resounding Brava victory.
Although Maribor scored both goals in the second half, Ante Šimundža was much more dissatisfied with what he saw in the opening half. “The first half was not at our level. The fact is that things did not go the way we wanted on the pitch,” said Ante Šimundža, who pulled Ignacio Guerrico from the game midway through the first half.
“The change was made for a simple reason: because the left side was not functioning as we wanted. I was not happy with him, but the most important thing is that he must not be happy with himself either. He will have to work even harder, he will have to give up even more. He will have to prove that he can play for Maribor,” was Ante Šimundza’s criticism of the Argentine, who continued.The fact is that Bravo was very defensive, waiting for counter-attacks and taking advantage of our mistakes. We had a plan of how and what. But we did not run enough, we did not move enough. We didn’t attack the depth and their back line, all of which we had a lot of problems with in the first half. In the second half, we scored two goals after two crosses. That is why we lost. We scored two very similar goals. We were there, but we were not. We will have to be vigilant on this.”
The former coach of Mura and Ludogorets made it clear to his players that they will have to play much better.It’s one thing to do well in training, it’s another to do it in a match. We need to be humble and hardworking, we need to raise the bar higher. But this is a process that takes time. The fact is that the bar in Maribor has been raised very high. We need to rise and not expect the bar to fall. To grasp this is most important.“
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