Albert Riera made an interesting comment after Celje’s big win over Olimpija: “To be perfectly honest, I didn’t like the game”
“Albert Riera, welcome back, but Olimpija will be champions again!” With these words, Goran Boromisa, Sport Director of
, commented on Albert Riera’s move in July to sit on the Celje bench. Less than a month later, Goran Boromisa was in a very, very bad mood after seeing the Spaniard again. Albert Riera returned to Stožice as a nightmare for Olimpija. Celje won 4:2 in Ljubljana and confirmed that they are in great shape at the start of the new season.
But despite his victory, Albert Riera was not bursting with happiness. The once world-class footballer was quick to point out that he didn’t like the way his team played! “Three points always count the same. It is completely irrelevant whether the opponent is Olimpija, Maribor, Bravo, Koper… It’s true, when you play derbies or matches against someone who wants to be champion, then you have to show your strength. But to be perfectly honest, I didn’t like the game,” said Albert Riera in front of the Sport TV cameras after the game.
Albert Riera: “Even Olimpija looked tired”
The former Liverpool and Manchester City player explains why below: “We lost too many balls, many just too easily. But it was the legs that were to blame. When you’re tired, you don’t think like you do when you’re fresh. But no matter what, we were losing balls too easily. And every time you lose the ball too easily, you give your opponent the chance to attack you. I repeat, it was not a good game for me, I saw that Olimpija was tired as well. In the 60th minute, the players asked me to replace them… But we talked about it and we knew that this match would happen. We were simply too tired to show our best defences. Regardless, we have to admit that we have made a good start to the new season. But it doesn’t matter how you start. It’s how you finish the season that counts.”
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Albert Riera concluded by pointing out that the Club would not tolerate this attitude indefinitely from the Football Association of Slovenia and that there will have to be a serious discussion. “It’s not just about being tired, it’s also about risking injury and other inconveniences,” he added 41-year-old expertk.