Marko Šuler is convinced that Josip Iličić hasn’t said his last words in a purple jersey: “He can be the biggest reinforcement of Maribor ever!”
Maribor will play tonight against Koper will play their first game after the club put Josip Iličić on ice. This of course begs the question: how many matches will there be in which the star will not even be a candidate? And also: has Josip Iličić played his last game for Maribor? Marko Šuler points out that this is definitely not the case. The Viole’s sporting director is convinced that the former national team player will return sooner or later. Marko Šuler also clarified that Josip Iličić is not suspended, just sidelined.
“This is not a suspension. Suspension is a punishment, but it is not a penalty. The fact is that we wanted to make a reaction after the derby. Josip has also expressed his desire to be the player he wants to be on the pitch. He said that at the moment it might be asking too much of him, that it might all be unrealistic. That is why we have taken this decision in agreement with him. To try to help him, to take the pressure off him. It must be made very clear that the crisis of results is not only about Joseph. We agreed, and his idea was to simply prepare himself physically and fitness-wise to a level where he could help the team,“, Marko Šuler told EkipoSN, who doesn’t know when the Gorenjska player will return. “There is no timetable for when he will return. But the fact is that he has the support of the whole club.”
Marko Šuler: “He is a special player”
The Koroška official also commented on the rumours that the former Atalanta player had been removed from the team in the first place because of his unprofessional lifestyle: “Because even Josip knows how things work. He is a special player. I made one point a few months ago. Every special player who is an added value, who can make a difference and who, if he was the right one a few years ago, would definitely not be in Maribor, is special. He said that he has his own whims, that he does some things that are not good. An affair was brewing, and if our views had been so at odds, it probably would have been an affair, but Joseph also understands that he has to change some things..”
Marko Šuler is also convinced that Josip Iličić has definitely not said his last words at Ljudski vrt and that his return was not a mistake at all: “No, absolutely not. I know Joseph personally. I am not ignoring the things he has been through in recent years. These things don’t go away overnight, that’s not insignificant. He and all of us need some help and understanding. It is absolutely not a mistake. I still believe and stand by this: Josip Iličić can be the biggest reinforcement of Maribor ever!”
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