Dejan Dončić after Maribor’s great performance in Mainz: “All players deserve praise for their performance, it’s a great achievement”
Source of photo: NK Maribor
Not much was missing…Maribor played the return leg of the UEFA Youth Champions League, and the Violets sold their skin dearly in Germany. After a 0:2 defeat at home to Mainz, they were one step away from a turnaround. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. It ended 1-1, Mainz went 3-1 up. Dejan Dončić, Maribor’s youth coach, is not hiding his satisfaction.
“I’m very proud of the boys. Tactically, they did everything as we had agreed, they were focused and fully concentrated from the first minute. The only bitter taste left was the goal we scored, but in the other situations we met the demands precisely, thwarted the attempts of our opponents and were quick and dangerous on the counter-attack. All the players deserve praise for their performance, it is a great achievement,” he said after the return leg for the club website Dejan Dončić, the coach of the team.
Europe is now a closed story for Maribor, the focus will now turn fully to the Eon NextGen League. “We have mobilised in the last three days, and we have changed the system. We knew where our opportunities were, from quick counter-attacks and breaks. We caused a lot of trouble for our favoured rivals. When they scored, they also got a lift from the crowd. We played honourably and confirmed our pre-match predictions that the boys would play to the best of their abilities. It is a great, very useful experience that they have gained on their development path. Knowing that we have not lost is a great starting point for further work. Now we have raised the bar of expectations and I believe that this is the way the boys see things and will react in the championship as well,” added Dejan Dončić after the Mainz game.
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