Maribor coach Ante Šimundža ‘brings Josip Iličić back to life’: “He worked both ways and sprinted in the 75th, 80th minutes!”
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Damir Krznar removed him from the team and Ante Šimundza decided to treat the fallen star differently. More like wearing gloves. In the hope that Josip Iličić will return to the level he once was. Well, let’s be honest – the golden years of his career are over. But it’s not a bad thing that in Telemach First League could be the footballer who will make the difference.
Ante Šimundža is satisfied with the way the former national team player is responding to his working methods. After all, Josip Iličić started the game after a long time and actually played almost until the end.
“Josip Iličić was on the pitch for almost the whole game, working both ways and sprinting into the 75. and 80. minutes. My aim is to put the boys in the playing positions that suit them best. But everyone has to show that they want and deserve to play. Others who have started have, with pluses and minuses, passed the requirements in a positive direction. But we are still looking for players with the character to be able to handle the full weight of a demanding match,” said Ante Šimundža after the victory over Rogaška.
Trainer Maribor also praised Hillal Soudani and Eric Castro, the two players who came off the bench and scored the winning goal. ”For me it is very important to expand the team that wants to play. I liked that already during training, when I could see that desire. The changes are made to maintain a high enough level of play or to raise it even higher. It is pleasing to know that the guys who entered later entered with a winning mentality. This is very important.”
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