“We are preparing as usual. The game is near and the most important thing we have learned about our opponent is that we are dealing with a team that can play football. People think Icelandic football is nothing special, but our analyses show that they’re a very serious team. They play with a lot of tempo and they stick to their strategy. Our preparations are a bit different from those before the Zrinjski game as the opponent is different. But we are taking them very seriously and that’s also how we will approach the match. We are going for a victory,” said the coach in relation to the opening 90 minutes of the 3rd round of qualifications for the Champions League.
Our motive is great, as is our desire. We have received a special boost in the form of some good news from the medical staff.
“The current status is very encouraging. I was able to work with all the players at today’s practice, including Kabha and Rajčević. Rajčević missed the match against Triglav. We’ll have to rest him from time to time because of his previous injuries. Kabha suffered a problem because of all the strain of the previous weeks, but despite limping off the pitch in Kranj, he is ready to play. We were worried, but both players passed the final test. The physios did a very good job and I have a full squad to choose from,” explained Darko Milanič.
Mitja Viler will play in his usual position as a left-back: “I believe playing the first leg at home is an advantage. My personal goal and the goal of the team is not to concede. That would be a major step. The Icelanders are a serious team. They’ve won so many titles in recent years. We have prepared very well for them. We wanted to play six European matches this year and we succeeded. Now the burden is a bit lighter and I believe we’ll play even better. We can be more relaxed on the pitch, but still serious and competitive.”
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