Joao Henriques surprised with his statements after the defeat to Slovan: “Olimpija played a unique game. Olimpija was fantastic!”
“Olimpija is ready to defend the double crown and win the conference league,” said Adam Delius, president of the Olimpija. A month later, Olimpija is looking down the barrel of Celje in the championship and two consecutive defeats without a goal in the conference league. We can’t help thinking that Adam Delius can’t be satisfied. But Joao Henriques is.
The Portuguese is coming off a home defeat to Slovan, which deservedly won 1:0 in Stožice, he made a rather unusual media appearance. Joao Henriques stressed that he was proud of his players, that he had to congratulate them and that it showed how much Slovan respected his Olimpija.
Joao Henriques: “It’s the little things that make the difference”
“European defeats are not a problem because we know we are new here. It is more appropriate to congratulate the players for once again playing a unique game. Against the team that finished first in its group last year. We are new, that’s the difference. This is the reality. Lille is much better than us. Ludogorets is much better than us. Galatasaray is much better than us. Slovan is much better than us. But we were equal to all of them. And this time, we proved that we are a very good team. To be organised and collectively strong. But it’s the little details that make the difference. New eleven-metre penalty. We already lost against Lille because of an 11th-minute penalty. These are small things,“, 50-year-old Joao Henriques told the camera of Kanal A after the defeat to the Slovaks.
The expert, who replaced Alberto Riera on the Olimpija bench, continued.And when you grow, what happens to us happens. We don’t play with ‘small’ teams. We don’t play teams that can’t play to score. Slovan showed respect to Olimpija today. He defended throughout the second half. We scored after a mistake, then the opponent delayed. Because he respects our team! Because he knows it’s very good. So congratulations to Olimpija. Olimpija was unique this time!” It probably goes without saying that many people would disagree with him…
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