Josip Iličić is working hard, Maribor coach Ante Šimundža praises him publicly: Jojo raises his rhythm and fitness level week by week
Source of photo: NK Maribor
Sunday will be derby day. Not the biggest in the country, but a derby that will raise a lot of eyebrows. After all, the two rivals from Styria will be competing. Maribor will host Celje in Ljudski vrt the day after Martin’s Day and chase a tie with the top of the standings of Telemach First League. Josip Iličić is one of the players who could decide the game in Maribor’s favour.
Since Damir Krznar is no longer under Calvary, Josip Iličić is going through a much smaller calvary. If at all. Now it is Damir Krznar who is coming to Ljudski vrt, and his successor Ante Šimundža says that Jojo … “fluffy”!
Šimundža: ‘Iličić doesn’t pick his days’
“Yes, exactly. Josip Iličić is ‘fluffy’. But it has been like this since I arrived. It’s like that at every training session. He doesn’t choose the days when he will train to his full potential and when he won’t, much less the opponents. I repeat, he is ‘fluffy’ and that is what keeps him ‘upright’. That is why he is alive. His attitude is not changing, and he has not changed this week. He trained well. He is picking up the pace week by week, and above all, he is straightening his fitness levels,” said Ante Šimundža at the press conference before the showdown with the leading club in the Slovenian championship.
It will be interesting to see whether Josip Iličić will start the Styrian derby or not, but Maribor will certainly not have Behar Feta and Marin Laušić in their squad. “Fortunately, we have no additional staffing problems. Feta was operated on and is now in home care. With the exception of Laušić, who has four yellow cards, the rest of the available candidates are available. The fight for jerseys is open, everyone is pushing everyone. There is no difference between the individual slots. Competition is fierce, which is good for the team’s progress,” added Ante Šimundža before the round of 16 match.
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