Damir Krznar relieved after first win after six games without a victory: ‘I just calmed down and cooled the players down at half-time’
In 10. round of the Slovenian championship Maribor hosted Radomlje in Ljudski vrt. In front of 1600 spectators, the Štajerci won 3:1. In the first half, Radomljans took the lead, thanks to a goal by Madžid Šošić, who is on loan from Split Hajduk. Maribor turned the game in their favour in the second half. Marko Bozić scored first in the 50th minute. Sven Šoštarič Karič scored the second goal, while newcomer Erico Castro sealed the victory with his debut. It was Maribor’s first win after three consecutive defeats.
Damir Krznar, who admitted after the match that he would probably have left if Maribor had not won, was satisfied with what he saw: “The game plan worked as we had envisioned. Without a shadow of a doubt, we got more out of the game. We had a lot of penetrations into the 16-metre area, we had around 20 crosses into the middle and 11 shots on goal. All this shows that we werethe better team. But this has not been fully reflected in the results. I was afraid of that. It’s a pity we didn’t make the most of some 100% chances. There was undoubtedly a certain amount of anxiety about the realisation, but we were creative nonetheless. At half-time I just calmed and cooled the players down. There was no talk of changing the style of play or tactics. The only thing we insisted on was that Castro had to position himself at the lower end of their defence, where he could get all the air duels. Good reaction from the whole team in the second half! In the first one we were a goal down, in the second we scored three.”
Damir Krznar: “We will have to be smart”
Maribor will play their next game on Sunday, when they face Kidričevo Aluminij. Damir Krznar is aware that the task will be difficult, after all Aluminij defeated leaders Celje in the last round: “It’s going to be a very tough game, also because we have little time to recover. It will also be difficult because Aluminij is in a new momentum. At the same time, Aluminij is a team that runs a lot. They also have calmness in the defence phase and explosiveness in the attack phase. We will have to be smart in our choice of the striking eleven. We need to count the players who are alive and well.”
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