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Kek delighted to tackle mission impossible

05 Sep 2011 20:00:18

Kek delighted to tackle mission impossible

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek described his team's task in tackling Italy here on Tuesday in a Euro 2012 qualifier as 'Mission Impossible'.

And yet Kek said he is delighted to be playing away from home following three defeats in four home Group C qualifying games so far.

Slovenia are still second in the group behind Italy but have been hit hard by defeats at home to the Azzurri and minnows Estonia and Northern Ireland.

"It's truly a problem losing three games at home and so I'm delighted we don't have to play at home tomorrow (Tuesday)," he said at Monday's press conference at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

"Maybe it's mission impossible but we'll try to do our best. We have used many young players in the qualification campaign but we're not using that as an excuse.

"The defeats against Estonia and Northern Ireland were terrible and the loss of those six points have really hurt us.

"I want to congratulate my colleague (Italy coach Cesare) Prandelli for having created a great team, you can see they're the best in this group but tomorrow we'll try our best to beat them."

Kek was particularly critical of his team after Friday's 2-1 loss to Estonia but said such form couldn't continue.

"We know we played badly but we can't continue with these bad results, it has to stop," he said.

"We'll try to correct it tomorrow because it's the most important game in the group.

"This is just one game and in all the other games Italy were the favourites but our aim is the three points and we'll try to attack, to do our best and to score some goals.

"We know Italy have quality, they're one of the best teams in football but this will be a motivation for us, we'll try to win as we always do."

Slovenia lie second in the group with two games remaining but they are level on points with Serbia having played a game more.

Serbia host the Faroe Islands on Tuesday before playing at home to Italy and finishing with a trip to Slovenia.

If Slovenia want to remain in the hunt for second place then they will have to get something out of this game.


AFP

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