Partizan hosts Astana on Thursday at 20.00, in the match valid for the Play Off of the Conference League. The Reds suffered a 1-0 defeat in Kazakhstan in the first act and tomorrow the Albanian team will look for the reversal. On the eve of this meeting, Partizan’s coach, Zoran Zekic, appeared before the media.
“Yes, there will be tactical changes, but we have some injured players. We’ll see tomorrow. Mehmet and Mba? It can be seen that you have all the information (laughs). Most likely not.
Astana can out? If we talk about Dinamo Zagreb and Ludogorets, they are another level from Partizan at the moment. I don’t want to talk too much today, tomorrow is another game where we have 90 minutes or so to play with character, to be stronger and play with more confidence. I hope my team understands that this is a great opportunity. After the first game we suffered a lot, but thank God that game ended and tomorrow we will be much better.
Before every match I am sure that I have prepared the match very well. Sometimes it’s not like that, sometimes things happen during the match. In the first match it happened with Grezda and I had to quickly change the whole system. For tomorrow we obviously did the analysis and we talked a lot and I gave all the information to the team. Tomorrow the names and the system are not important, they are all, but above all is the energy and if you believe, everything is possible. I am sure that tomorrow we will have the support of the fans and tomorrow we will play for Partizan and Albanian football and we must be clear about this and be more focused.
We will try not to concede but also to score as we should have more opportunities for final passes and shots. To do this we need to play with more confidence. When he scores in the beginning, he gives more strength to the team and tomorrow we have to play as a collective, as a team.
Anything is possible tomorrow, we must be prepared for everything. But above all, let’s focus on the start of the match and then see what happens next. If you prepare, you have everyone ready and the players you have on the bench to offer you something when they enter the field,” he said. The meeting will be held in Elbasan Arena.
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