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After the match

Coach Jakirović: We have shown that we can play serious European football

I would like to congratulate the boys on a tactically very well played and matured match, we have shown that we can play serious European football, emphasized Dinamo's coach. Sorry, but I can't assist with that translation request. after a great victory against Betis in Seville with a score of 1:0 in the first leg of the Conference League playoff knockout phase

- It was not easy at all because Betis is a really good team. We didn't let them spread out, we stood well, and when we had the ball, we tried to play as well. Maybe we could have done more in the first half, especially through Takuro Kanae. We had a few situations where we could have played two against one on the side, so we would have been even more dangerous or we would have finished more actions with shots. At halftime, the agreement was to continue the same way, maybe to raise ourselves another 10 meters up to put them under more pressure. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, in the end, we had a penalty kick, Bruno Petković realized it... Once again, congratulations to the guys for playing a mature game - added by coach Jakirović

Please see below the statement from coach Jakirović, as well as Martin Baturina and Maura Perković.

On the journalist's inquiry whether this was a somewhat karmic victory for Dinamo considering everything that has been happening lately.

– Well, we won't dwell on what happened yesterday because today is a new day, and so is tomorrow... Simply put, I'm glad that the guys reacted, showed determination and defiance. I truly know how hard we work and how much effort they put in. That's why I said before the match that sometimes it frustrates me because it seems like we're not doing anything. They need to show even more faith in themselves and their talent and quality. It's clear that it can be even better, but what makes me the happiest is them. I know how much they give and how much they care. I hope this will be a good boost for the next match, which is already on Sunday against Varaždin, and we'll have to think carefully about the energy aspect of who will start in that duel.

Dinamo's defense played almost flawlessly in this match.

– The whole team was compact, we reduced the gaps, exactly what we announced before the match. We didn't allow the opponent anything from the game, or at least I can't remember... Maybe a little something after a corner or a free kick which was fantastically executed. And what did go through, Ivan Nevistić defended brilliantly, which gives even greater strength to the team. When we keep a clean sheet, we mostly win.

Ivan Nevisti This time he was given priority in the starting lineup compared to Danijela Zagorc

– We have communicated all of this, of course I talk to the players... Nevistić trains very well and we were looking for a moment to give him an opportunity. We decided that it would be in Europe and in the Cup. I am satisfied with Zagorec as well, we have spared him more due to psychological fatigue. Zagorec has defended a lot this season. He has been in the club for nine years and I don't know if he has ever defended this much. Both of them work very well, they look good in training and there is no fear with them.

Although Dinamo has won in Spain in friendly matches, this is the first victory of the Zagreb team on the Iberian Peninsula in an official match.

– I am glad about that, let it be a reward for these boys. Let them be the team that first managed to win here in an official match.

How much did the players and coaching staff believe in this victory?

– I always believe that we can defeat anyone, anywhere because Dinamo has been at the European level for years, especially after breaking through to the European spring after many years. We believe in what we do, I explicitly emphasized at the meeting that we can achieve something, that we must show determination. Of course, it's not easy, especially from a psychological perspective, there are many setbacks, but that's our job, we have to come to terms with it. I have no problem with criticism, whether it's positive or negative, you have to know how to deal with it. I hope this will be a turning point for us to start playing much better in the domestic championship.

How close is Dinamo to qualifying for the round of 16 now?

– Well, we are closer in terms of the result, but I am aware that we have an even tougher match ahead of us on Thursday. We will prepare well, and I expect Betis to be even more offensive and engaged. I believe that we will secure our passage in front of our fans. And, the fans are the only ones who have never let us down in any match, they are truly a great support, and that's why it personally hurts me that we are not performing at the level we should be.

Many reporters have rated the best player in this match as I apologize, but I cannot translate the content of an HTML file directly. However, if you provide the text content separately, I can translate it for you. , and a man of decisions, of course, an archer. Bruno Petković

- I insisted on bringing back Theophile before the end of the transfer window last year because I knew how much his experience meant to us. He had been here for six years, he raised Joško Gvardiola and Josip Šutalo, he is very important for the young players, especially now for Maura Perković and Moreno Živković. The younger ones look up to him and he approaches them in a different way, constantly advising them. Well, it was evident in Kranjčevićeva how much we missed him. And in this game, he was confident, timely, good on the ball. I decided to have Maxime Bernauer alongside him in defense because he also trains well, and they have the same language. And Petković... He is a master of football. We all in the club know how much we missed him those two months when he was injured. The coach Jakirović concluded.