Zoran Zeljković worried after another Olimpija slip-up: ‘We still have a lot of work to do. Of course we are not satisfied, but we must persevere”
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Olimpija hosted Aluminij in Stožice on Sunday and with another poor performance disappointed and angered its fans, who after the match told the players turned their backs in protest. Zoran Zeljković, although he had only just arrived in Ljubljana, had already felt what it was like to be the coach of a club where the peace never lasted long…
“We wanted to have possession and create, but despite having possession we created too few chances, were too dangerous and played too slowly. We had too many unnecessary touches, we made technical mistakes. Some of it is for the pitch, but a lot of it is for us. We still have a lot of work to do. Of course we are not satisfied, but we must persevere. I believe that with hard work we will get to the level we want. Statistics say that if you have more than 60% ball possession, you have a better chance of winning. Aluminij didn’t have possession, but it’s also true that they could have scored. On the other hand, we also had a lot of situations where we could have scored. I don’t want to make excuses, because it was a bad game from our side. We now need to look at things and see what we can do better. I would like to make conclusions and analyses at the end of the first part of the season. We will definitely strengthen and there will be changes, but we have enough quality for our league,” said a visibly dissatisfied Zoran Zeljkovic after the match, which ended in a 0:0 draw.
Zeljković: “The hardest thing is to score”
Zoran Zeljkovic did not attribute his poor performance to fatigue from the game in the Faroe Islands.I wouldn’t say it’s fatigue. Europe and the championship are two different things. I don’t want to make excuses. It is certainly not pleasant when you lose. The only thing I’m happy about this time is that we didn’t score. Everything else we need to do, and I believe we can do better.”
Zoran Zeljković pointed to scoring goals as the biggest problem: “The hardest thing in football is to score a goal. We are now two games without a goal, which is certainly not good. Olimpija needs to create more through the game and we have a lot of work to do there. When you’re doing well, of course the atmosphere is good. Despite the current setbacks, we remain as one. I don’t care what others say, I see that the boys are cohesive and know that they can play better. We need to stick together, because that is the only way to get out of trouble.”
The successor of Joao Henriques also touched upon the early departure of captain Timi Max Elšnik: “You must first have a medical examination. I hope he is all right. We know how important he is for our team. But even those guys who will get the chance to replace him, I believe they will take it.”
Thursday against the second league team
On Thursday, Olimpija will play NK Brinje Grosuplje in the Pivovarna Union Cup. “We will prepare for this game like any other. Although Grosuplje play in the second league, we know that they have some individuals who played in the first league and played an important role. We don’t have easy games, everyone wants to do their best against Olimpija. Some who have not yet had the chance will get it. We will go for the win,” concluded Zeljković.
This text was automatically translated using AI.