Maribor against Mainz for the first time on Wednesday, Štajerci confidently enter the UEFA Youth Champions League: ‘There’s no nervousness, but there’s a real charge’
Today, the Ljudski vrt will come to life again. But not yet because of Ante Šimundža… The latter may be among the spectators, but others will be the main ones on and off the pitch. Dejan Dončić, coach of the Violets’ youth team, will lead Maribor in the first match of the UEFA Champions League for young players. The match will start at 6 pm. The opponent will be the prestigious Mainz, last season’s German national champions.
Maribor is aware that the task will be anything but easy, but the Styrians are in high spirits. “There is no nervousness, but there is a real charge. We have been waiting impatiently for this moment, but after the draw we said we had to stay focused on the national championship. We wanted to make a good series, and we did. We have achieved four wins in a row and the boys are confidently looking forward to the opportunity to prove themselves at international level. It’s definitely a big challenge, we are playing against the German champions, who are also at the top of the standings at the moment. We are going into the fight with determination and we can assure you that we will do our best,” told for club website coach Dejan Dončić.
Maribor will also be supported by Viole
Dončić, who will also be able to count on Marcel Lorber, otherwise a standard first-team member, added about the opponent Maribor will play in the return leg in Germany: “Mainz wins the national championship and qualifies for the final of the German Cup. This generation has made a mark on their club, we are talking about some really talented individuals. Understandably, there have been some changes ahead of this season, but they are working to the same plan, with a distinctive way of playing and we have a very challenging task ahead of us.”
The match will, as mentioned, start at 18. 1.00 pm, free entry. It promises to be a spectacle for the fans, with members of Viol
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