Saar Fadida’s first hat-trick of his career meets coach’s expectations: ‘Definitely one of the candidates for the starting line-up’
Olimpija thrashed 5:0 on Saturday
and boosted their confidence ahead of the return leg of the second round of Champions League qualification. In Stožice, where the
very good attendance
, Ludogorets will be the hosts, and a win would give Olimpija a place in the next round of qualifying. Saar Fadida will be one of those who will do everything to help Olimpija succeed. But will the Israeli with a French passport start the match against the rival from Razgrad? Saar Fadida’s hat-trick against Rogaska, the first of his career, certainly improved his position in the team, says Olimpija coach Joao Henriques.
Saar Fadida seized the opportunity
“It’s always good for a player to take advantage of an opportunity. Saar scored three goals for the first time and is learning some new things in the game. But on Tuesday, we will face a completely new match, with a very different opponent. We now have two days to prepare and Fadida is certainly one of the candidates for the starting line-up. Krefl also played a great game. I like surprises when a player makes the most of his minutes. I have the privilege of having 20 players I can count on at any time,” said Joao Henriques after the victory over their rivals from Rogaška Slatina.
The Portuguese is not hiding how happy he is to have won so big ahead of the new European challenge: “Winning is always important. The face of victory is always more beautiful than the face of defeat, and we want to catch the winning rhythm as soon as possible. But Tuesday’s game will be something else, a different competition, a different atmosphere, a historic game for the club. But such victories are very important to start this process of accumulating victories, which will be crucial when playing on two fronts..”
Joao Henriques: “We can’t let this happen”
Joao Henriques, who replaced Alberto Riera before the start of the season, was not satisfied with everything he saw in the match against Rogaska. “We were losing some unnecessary balls and then the reaction was also bad. Our plan was to immediately pressure the opponent after a loose ball and take the ball away from them, but since we didn’t manage to do that, we had to run a lot on defence. Instead of going back 30 or 40 metres to get the ball, we were going back 70 metres and wasting energy unnecessarily. But we cannot allow that in this busy match rhythm,” said Joao Henriques after the match in Ljubljana.
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