Saturday will be the day for a big comeback in Slovenia: Ante Šimundža on the bench for the first and 100th time for Maribor, opponent is ‘his’ Mura
In Telemach First League matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday 12. Circle. Two matches will be played today: the kick-off will be at 17.30 in Celje, hosting Bravo, while the evening match (20.15) will feature a derby between Maribor and Mura. It will be a big day for the Purple, as a legend returns to the bench. Ante Šimundža is everything the fans wanted, but whether he will be on the pitch as they hope he will be remains to be seen.
Šimundza: “I can’t demand, but I can expect”
Although Ante Šimundza will be in charge of his first match since his return, this will be his first 100. Appearance on the bench for Maribor. And against the club with which he achieved historic success. “I was an observer from the sidelines before, the Mura team has changed a lot since then. The fact is that the image of the competitors is completely different compared to previous years. Impressive away, they have problems at home. This is a warning to us not to be flighty. Above all, it requires thoroughness in match preparation on my part. Consistency in every detail will be needed, but then the players have to recognise the situations on the pitch and position themselves so that we play at home,” is before the baptism of fire number 2 for club website said Ante Šimundža.
The expert, who has led Maribor to the Champions League in the past, hopes that the fans will also react: “Maribor with full stands or fewer spectators is a different story. It is not easy for any opponent to see the full stands and the energy that is needed here. I can’t demand it, but I can expect the audience to recognise our approach. Above all, we will start from a place of passion and pride to play for Maribor. We are playing against a good opponent that has picked itself up and turned the curve upwards. We have a tough test ahead of us and we need to be at a high level in every respect.”
Ante Šimundža brought back Josip Iličić before his debut and it will be really interesting to see whether he will play or not. Krznar’s successor is not without staffing concerns, with Martin Milec, Adam Jakupović, Aljaž Antolin and Gregor Sikošek on the sidelines.
Before and after Anteus
Vladimir Vermezović, the new coach of Mura, would probably like to see Maribor still in charge Damir Krznar who replaced the latter has already seen for himself. “One of the things I learned after coming to Murska Sobota is that time in the Murska Sobota is measured in the period before and after Ante…” said the expert from Serbia.
“We have a very tough game ahead of us. Probably the most difficult one for our team so far, given the circumstances or the change that will bring new, extra energy to Maribor. It’s always like that when there is a change of coach, but we are ready for any challenge and we will do our best to leave the best impression possible. We try to think only about ourselves, we focus on our tasks in order to prepare ourselves as well as possible. The people in the club and the professional management who have worked with Ante know him very well and can predict how the opponents might play, but Ante knows that they know… We certainly know it better, I expect a ‘chess game’, but on the other hand, it is also true that there are no secrets in football. However, we do not want to overdo the analyses, they are only intended to provide basic information,” added Vermezović before his visit to the Štajerska capital.
Let’s add that on Sunday in the Telemach First League there will also be Domžale – Rogaška (15.00), Olimpija – Radomlje (17.30) and Koper – Aluminij (20.15).
This text was automatically translated using AI.