Damir Krznar remains optimistic despite Maribor’s defeat to Celje: “Two points on average per game allows us to fight for the top”
Losing to Celje is certainly no disgrace. But if you
, it’s never nice to lose. Especially with a rival for the top of the rankings. No wonder, then, that the slip-up in the princely city has already sparked rumours about how calm or restless the bench on which Damir Krznar sits is. Certain “well-informed sources” have even started mentioning Ante Shimunjo… There will always be rumours, of course, and there will always be candidates and “candidates”. Damir Krznar has been in football too long not to be aware of this. But he doesn’t worry about them and stresses that there is no reason to panic after the first league defeat of the season.
“We must not and will not give up. It is the first championship defeat of the season. Two points won on average per game makes it possible to fight for the top, we are in this dynamics of profit, but we certainly need to forget this defeat as soon as possible, put it behind us and keep working,” is for
Damir Krznar told the club’s website and admitted that he is looking forward to the national team break.
“The pause will be very useful for us. It will be harder to keep working after a defeat, but we have to accept that and work harder and harder. We need to be self-critical, admit what is wrong and try to correct it. We are aware that we will not be as efficient as we were last season. That’s why we need to be stronger in defence. The next matches against Olimpija and Koper will bring new answers. Once we fix certain things and become more diversified in how we prepare our attacks, the picture will improve,” explained the expert from neighbouring Croatia, who was also disturbed by the refereeing criteria at the Z’land stadium, but instead bit his tongue when commenting on the administrators of justice.
Damir Krznar: “Judges? I’d rather keep quiet this time too”
“I don’t know if it is the right way, but I will stick to what I have been thinking. During the last season, we often said something about the refereeing decisions, but now we have decided not to comment on them. I will remain silent again. Sometimes these situations go your way, sometimes the other way. This time nothing went our way and the result is the total result of what we saw,” said the former coach Dinamo from Zagreb, while the latter, on its side, mentioned controversial moments for them: “The refereeing judgements were also unfavourable to us: the missed eleven-metre penalty when the ball hit Zabukovnik in the arm when Jakupović was hit, without checking whether it was a red card for Bobičanec’s intervention when Repas could have gone for goal himself...”