Ante Šimundža delighted with visit from Bergamo: “Josip Iličić is a big name in European football, it’s a privilege to have him here”
Source of photo: NK Maribor
On Thursday, Josip Iličić felt first-hand the mark he left in Bergamo. Two buses carrying Atalanta fans stopped in front of the Ljudski vrt with a clear desire – to salute a former hero and an eternal legend. Ante Šimundža, coach of Maribor, makes no secret of the fact that he was impressed by the event that took place in the capital of Styria.
“Top of the agenda, an event like this is a privilege for the whole city. Josip Iličić is a big name in European football, the story was well known and many foreign media picked up on what the fans had prepared for him. It is a privilege to have Jojo here,” said Ante Šimundža at the press conference before the game against Rogaska.
The coach also admitted that the former Slovenian national team player, who is already 35 years old, is in better and better physical condition and shape: “For me, the most important thing is that he is motivated and wants to improve his physical fitness and so far he has not been satisfied with himself. When you are not in a competitive rhythm in between, it takes time to get used to the rhythm of the game again. When you are more experienced, this time is shorter. With Josip, it is noticeable that this time of getting used to the game is shortening rapidly.“
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