Celje coach Albert Riera after the draw at Bonifika: “We didn’t play badly on a bad pitch, we proved we are better than Koper”
Celje was on the right track to a new, sixth consecutive win at Bonifika for a long time Telemach First League. Albert Riera and his men led against Koper from 16th minute, when Mario Kvesic put them in front . The visitors had three points in their hands, but their plans were thwarted by Bede Osuji, who scored in the 88th minute. The reason for the bad mood on the Celje bench? Not quite.
“We had a lot of chances at the start of the game. Football is so simple that we have a really bad feeling because we conceded a goal in 88th minute. Three points were on our side, but instead of confirming them, we got a late goal,” said Albert Riera after the match on the coast.
Albert Riera: “I’m happy with the boys”
The expert from Spain continued. “Like every time, I told the players to work until the end. We had a lot of chances, but we didn’t score. That’s football. I am happy because we played according to plan. We didn’t play bad football on bad terrain. I gave the players an extra day of rest because they played well on and off the ball, because they tried hard. I’m happy with the boys. I would have liked to have scored more goals, but that’s football. For me, the final result is not the most important thing. What counts for me is the process, the whole 90 minutes. I’m not worried because I know that Celje is technically and tactically better than Koper.”
Celjani will play two home games in the next two rounds of the Telemach First League. The first one will be played next week against Radomlje, the second one a week later against Aluminij. “It doesn’t matter where we play. We could have scored three points away again today. The opponent is also irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if it’s Bravo, Rogaska, Maribor, Olimpija or Koper. We need to be focused on each next match. I am not worried because I am happy with the way my team is playing. We need to win. We are the only undefeated team in the league and we have to stay that way,” concluded a confident Albert Riera.
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