Total mobilisation in the town where people stood in long queues to get their hands on the Champions League ticket packages. Meanwhile, the squad is hard at work during the international break. The preparations are going according to plan and it’s clear what scenes from the club stores mean to the team.
“It’s incredible what’s going on with the tickets. Everybody wants to be a part of it. It’s nice to see what our success means to people. It’s incredible motivation to work even harder and something that gives us a lot of energy,” is how Darko Milanič described the hunt for the tickets for the three spectacular matches in the group stage of the Champions League.
We will continue our season with two new players: one, the coach knows very well, the second newcomer still has to become familiar with our way of working.
“We are pleased to welcome back Dare Vršič. Together, we will do our best to get him back to playing as well as he played last year. He knows the environment and how everything works. People are very happy he’s back. I hope he will soon feel as well here as he did not long ago. As far as the other newcomer is concerned, it’s clear we need different types of players in our team. Dare offers something extra and Einbrom will improve our attacking game, our one-on-ones, and add speed. That was the whole idea, to have more diversity in the team. When he returns from his international duty, we’ll have to get to know each other quickly. I’m sure it won’t take him long to integrate into the team. We have great team chemistry. There are never any problems with adaptation.”
Our training schedule has undergone some changes. This time, our international break will be much shorter than the usual two weeks. Instead, we have a cup match on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Sežana and then a league match on Friday at 8 p.m. at Ljudski vrt against Celje.
“This international break will be a bit different, but we scheduled it this way intentionally. We decided to move up the cup match in Sežana and to play it without the players who are on international duty and won’t be back in time. After this break, our schedule will be extremely busy and fitting in another cup tie would be too difficult, so we changed our plans. First, we’ll focus on the cup match and then move on to the others. The boys are well rested, as was obvious from the first training. And the atmosphere in the team is amazing. We are only thinking about the cup. You have to be careful in these matches. You always have to focus on what’s immediately in front of you. What you do today you cannot fix tomorrow. And we have to continue our good work from the past two months.”