The 20-year-old was angry, and so was Damir Krznar: Nejc Ajhmajer, just like Marko Božić a few days ago, came off the bench and was substituted
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Celje performed exceptionally well in the 19th round of the Slovenian league. The leading club in the Prva liga Telemach emerged victorious with a 3-1 score against Aluminij in Kidričevo, and Damir Krznar was visibly pleased after the match. However, despite everything appearing ideal at first glance, Damir Krznar was also somewhat angry, particularly at a player who faced a similar situation to that of Marko Božić from Maribor a few days ago.
Nejc Ajhmajer began the match on the bench, and Damir Krznar sent him onto the field in the 46th minute, replacing Žan Karničnik. However, the 20-year-old did not last until the end of the match on the field, as Klemen Nemanič replaced him in the 70th minute.
Krznar: “It’s good, we’re both upset”
Damir Krznar admitted he wasn’t satisfied with Nejc Ajhmajer’s response to coming off the bench. “I wasn’t pleased with Ajhmajer’s readiness when he came on. He simply didn’t stick to the plan we had devised in the dressing room. He made some wrong decisions in a few tactical aspects, so I sent him a somewhat heated message. To him and others,” described former Maribor coach Damir Krznar the reasons why the youngster had to hit the showers so quickly.
The Croatian coach also acknowledged that Nejc Ajhmajer was upset after the substitution: “How did he take the message? Well. I realized he was upset. I asked him if he was upset, he said yes. And then I replied: ‘It’s good, we’re both upset, that’s good.’”
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