Despite the defeat in the Junior Champions League, Maribor’s captain Luka Poredoš stressed: “We will remember this experience for a long time!”
Maribor played its first match in the UEFA Youth Champions League on Wednesday. The Slovenian giant’s youngsters played the German champions in Ljudski vrt, but Mainz was too strong an opponent. But despite the 0:2 defeat, coach Dejan Dončić’ s players will remember the experience for a long time, admitted Maribor captain Luka Poredoš.
There were 2500 spectators at the Calvary, including the Violets. “We will remember this experience for a long time,” told for club website Luka Poredoš, and continued. ”Most of us have never played in front of so many spectators, and that kind of image in the stands makes you proud and you play better. Thank you to Viola, thank you to everyone who came to encourage us. We really did not expect this kind of support.”
Luka Poredoš: “We will not set out without hope”
As for the game, Maribor didn’t play badly, but Mainz is Mainz. So, the champion of one of the most developed football countries in the world. “We prepared well, we tried to surprise, but we lacked precision in the last passes, and there is a difference in physical fitness, along with some tactical issues. As the opponents had more possession, this kind of play took a lot of our strength. We should dare more in the attacking phase. Defensively, we have seen that you are quickly punished for mistakes against a team like this, and there is still a lot of work to be done to reach this level. We are two goals behind, but we will not go to Germany without hope,” added 18-year-old Luka Poredoš.
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