If the match with Kazakhstan is the match of the generation for the Slovenians, this feeling is even greater for the opponents. Their first place in a major competition is very close for them and yesterday in Kazakhstan’s pre-match camp they appeared determined and confident, seemingly ready to write the biggest fairy tale of the football there.
On Saturday, the Kazakhs made a long journey to Slovenia, where they are awaiting a match of the generation, in which they can guarantee their appearance in a major competition for the first time in history. They landed in Ljubljana in the evening, yesterday during the day they could still be seen walking through the center of Ljubljana, and in the afternoon they headed to the venue, where today they will have a decisive 90 minutes. First of all, they introduced themselves to the media, a large number of whom came from the largest country without access to the sea, which shows that real football euphoria reigned in this Asian country. Then, in the evening, they tested the green of the conical stadium.
It’s in our DNA
Did the long journey wear them out? “This long journey was nothing special for us, as it is already part of Kazakhstan’s DNA, we are used to long distances, which are not a problem for steppe wolves,” coach Magomed Adijev said about the long journey ahead of his wards. He added that they traveled this way firmly determined to win: “Since the beginning of the qualification, we have proven that we can compete with every competitor, and it will be the same tomorrow. We do not expect anything from the match, but we will do everything to achieve victory for our country and our nation. We will draw the line under our success after the end.”
The selector of the Slovenian opponents also criticized the Slovenian line-up and the tactics of Matjaž Kek. “Slovenia put all their chips on the showdown against Kazakhstan. This was already visible from their starting line-up against Denmark. They are confident. Our opponents often underestimate us. I will not demand more respect, we will show it in the match,” is a determined coach of Kazakhstan.