Slovan Bratislava football coach Vladimír Weiss senior. Source: Profimedia PIREUS – The football players of Slovana Bratislava brought a promising 1:1 draw from the pitch of Greek Olympiakos Piraeus, but they had an even better result within reach. They lost an impending 1:0 victory in the first match of the 3rd preliminary round of the European League in the 87th minute, but they pleased coach Vladimír Weiss with their performance: “We played excellently,” the club’s website quoted the 57-year-old skipper as saying. After the match, he was understandably sorry for the unmanageable situation after the corner kick, from which the home team equalized, but otherwise he had words of praise for his players: “I think we played the best match so far under my leadership. One positional error cost us the victory. But otherwise, I have to thank the players to praise for the performance, tactical discipline, excellent individual performances. It’s a shame about the equalizing goal. We wanted to achieve a result that would give us a chance in the home rematch, which we did, but it could have been even better.” Photo gallery (2) Source: Profimedia Slovanists led from the 63rd minute with Andy Green’s goal, but the rematch will end in a draw. “After the final whistle, I was disappointed that we conceded such a goal. We spent three days preparing for Valbuena’s standard situations. We can’t make such a mistake with an open corner. We opened up space and El-Arabi was left free there,” noted Weiss. The captain of the “Whites” also liked the greater passion for the game, which, according to him, contrasts with the responsibility that binds the legs of his charges on home turf. After the meeting, he repeated that he wants to lead his team to the group stage of the competition. Weiss believes that the stadium will be full again. He did not succeed in the Champions League, when the Slavonians lost to Ferencváros Budapest in the 2nd preliminary round (2:1, 1:4). “I believe that now at home it will be successful and the stadium will be full again. The players and the club deserve it for today’s performance. These are difficult matches. Olympiakos is a big club with history and excellent players. It was obvious that they wanted to, but they have such a mini -crisis and they were under psychological pressure, just like us after Ferencváros in the league, which was manifested in the first half against Michalovce,” he recalled the first half score 0:2, after which his charges turned the development of the recent league match to 4:2. The 1:1 result is promising for Slovan. However, Weiss is aware that Piraeus will come to Bratislava to win. “They have a quality team, you have to respect that. I believe that we have a chance based on emotions and with a good performance like today. We still have to work on the decisive moments in big games. Eric Ramirez wanted to score, but he didn’t take a clear chance. Big games are just about such moments , when you have to score. We still have to work on that,” Weiss Sr. said. for skslovan.com. Author: © Zoznam Source: TASR
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