Maribor is already on the scene of the return leg of the UEFA Youth Champions League: ‘Football is specific and, above all, very unpredictable…’
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After the defeat in the first match in Ljudski vrt, where the result was 2:0 for Mainz, most of them had already crossed their names. But young footballers at NK Maribor travelled to Germany without the white flag. And they are determined to do everything they can for the youngsters in the Champions League return leg. All to sell their skin as dearly as possible. And, who knows, provide a turning point?
“The starting point after the first game is not encouraging, but we have our plans. As long as there is a chance, we will do everything we can to achieve the feat. We are playing against a very good team, but football is specific and, above all, very unpredictable,” said Dejan Dončić, coach of the youth team of NK Maribor, for club website.
Dejan Dončić has some personnel problems, as Marcel Lorber stayed in the team this time, Patrik Katič has injury problems and Anej Ferčec has too little time in the club for NK Maribor to be able to register him for this competition (as a 2004 player).
Dončić: “Maribor is going for a positive result”
Dejan Dončić believes that his team ( 20 players travelled) can play a very good game. “We have learned about their good points, but also about their weaknesses, which we will try to exploit. With the aim of achieving a positive result. After the first game we still had to stay focused on the domestic competition, but since Saturday’s game against Krka we have only had to deal with the German champions again. It’s great to see the performance during the championship match, it gives us an extra boost. We know what lies ahead and what to expect. The Mainz team is making changes to the playing systems during the game and we will have to keep our composure at a high level at all times. We will also make some changes to the formation and I can assure you that the boys will take the field with the desire to show what they can do and perform to the best of their abilities,” added Dejan Dončić.
The following players will defend the colours of NK Maribor in Germany: Tomažič, Dorošenko (goalkeeper), Kolednik, Lorbek, Poredoš, Hunjet, Voglar, Mikluš Senekovič, Bakšič, Silajdžić, Horvat, Grizold, Petek, Antić Kurbus, Grlić, Vogrinčič, Čuk, Tavares, Dukarić and Ristić.
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