Denis Pintol was in a much better mood to step in goal for Olimpija this season than in the previous one: ‘Now I was ready for the chance!’
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When it became clear that Matevž Vidovšek would be sidelined for some time due to a shoulder injury, many fans Olimpija were worried, that Zmaji will be without their good number 1. But Denis Pintol, who replaced the injured Korošec, immediately proved that he has not only enjoyed training, but also worked hard and progressed since joining Olimpija. This is proven by his performances in the last period: since he has been in the Olimpija goal, the latter’s net hasn’t even been touched in Telemach First League!
Denis Pintol has played in five games and kept the net clean each time. For now, it is in 1. SNL hasn’t had a hero find a way to go behind his back yet. No wonder the 23-year-old from Šempeter near Gorizia is brimming with satisfaction.
“Last year was different. I made a big leap from the second to the first league. I came to such a big club. It took me some time to get used to the new environment. I can feel the difference. I am much more confident and calm than I was. I have made a lot of progress,“, Denis Pintol recalled after the victory over Mura the previous season, in which he also had a few chances due to Vidovšek’s injury, but was not as successful as he is now.
Denis Pintol: “Vidovšek and I are friends”
“Now I was ready for the opportunity. I was confident and believed I would do a good job,” added the former member of Primorje Ajdovščina and also touched on the game against the guests from Murska Sobota: “Keeping the net intact means a lot to my confidence, but I must also stress that the whole team deserves credit for me not scoring again. We gave our all to be successful.”
And Matevž Vidovšek? Are his knees already shaking because of the playful Seasider? “Matevž and I have a very good relationship. We are friends. We also socialise outside football. She congratulates me after every game. As I did to him when he defended,“, Denis Pintol stressed that the goalkeepers of the Ljubljana club are primarily friends and have a healthy rivalry.
This text was automatically translated using AI.