In Switzerland, people are asking why Žan Celar is only on the bench at national team, but Lugano coach says: Everyone would be second to Šeško”
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Given that Žan Celar in a jersey Lugana has already scored 36 goals in 85 games, one can understand the questions that have been raised in the Swiss football public recently – how is it that The Highlander has only played in two national team matches this year, spending only 74 minutes on the pitch in the national crest jersey, and in his last five matches Kek’s troops and sat on the reserve bench.
Mattia Croci-Torti, coach of Lugano, also spoke about this, but he is not blind: ”Žan Celar, who has also played in the youth team of Roma in the past is the “victim” of a really tough competition in the Slovenian national team.”
“The first thing to look at is what is happening with his teammates. Benjamin Šeško is a €30 million striker who is also doing very well in the Champions League. In recent months, he has been one of the biggest ‘bombers’ in European football. So whoever would take Jean’s place is out of category. What is important is that Žan Celar is still on the national team list, that he is always called up, that he might qualify for the European Championships,” said 41-year-old Mattia Croci-Torti, who took over Lugano in 2021.
The expert, who last year led Lugano to its first trophy in 29 years, added: “Let’s not forget that Slovenia is only one point away from Euro 2024 and that even someone like Sandi Lovrić, who always plays for Udinese, is no longer in the starting line-up. So let’s think about the value of a Slovenian team with a goalkeeper who plays for Atletico Madrid. A team with – let’s say – Benjamin Verbič on the bench. Certainly the Slovenian league is not the top league, but players from this country are starting to be very important elements in Europe. It’s no coincidence that they are first in their qualifying group.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.