Friday, February 14, 2020 10:45 AM
He is only interested in the individual records that the team is profiting from, he loves White City, and he knows they will win a lot under Carrillo. Nikolics Nemanja in the house!
“I don't have much time to integrate, sure,” said Nikolics Nemanja, laughing, when we were asked about how he felt about his old-new team more than a week after returning from White House.
Naturally, the Niko of the Fehérvár camp was welcomed with great affection in Székesfehérvár, and the memory of his 87 goals in Vidi jersey has not yet faded, and everywhere he looks he can see old acquaintances.
“I met quite a few of my former teammates when I entered the dressing room in Baltimore, including those with Vidin and others on the national team. But not only the players were old acquaintances, but also earlier in the offices around the pitch. I can honestly say that I have really come back to Fehérvár, ”said Nikolics.
And there is another familiar face
When Nikolics-Carrillo was last teamed up in the coronation city, he won the Vidi Championship title and the striker became the top scorer with 21 goals. The offensive linebacker and pro's reach goes beyond the 2014/15 season, as Carrillo worked as a second coach for the Vidi Adult Framework before becoming head coach.
“We had a very good relationship, I learned a lot from him, and I really feel like I have made a lot of progress under his arm. For me, being a coach is very important, and in many of my club shifts, deciding who I work for has been decisive, and I insisted on that at 32. “I believe a player can always improve and my goal is to be a better player every day.”
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Like the striker, the coach is almost a rookie, as they both returned after a longer detour. We made it clear to Nikolics that he couldn't have come back to Fehérvár any better, since while Carrillo felt very at home in his system, Marko Nikolic Vidije wasn't sure he would have been lying to him the same way.
“THE what would have been if… I've never been interested in phrases like this, and in recent years I've only followed MOL's games as a fan. In America, by the way, it wasn't always easy, and I had to run home many times after or before training to see a more important battle. The championship title, the cup win and the European League performance were wonderful, and they certainly praise the work of the Serbian coach, ”added Nikolics.
Photo: MOL Fehérvár
“Carrillo is a different type of coach and I know you want to play a game with us like when I was last player. It's a bit harder now, as he recently became a head coach, so he knew the players well, while now it might take some time for the harmony to be complete. But there is no doubt about the right path Carrillo has chosen, ”the striker said.
A little time – the point is not
We suggested to Nikolics that maybe the little time needed to get used to is missing, as Ferencváros leads by three points ahead of MOL Fehérvár with two games less.
“What is encouraging is that quality is absolutely within the frame. The current team clearly has the ability to play the effective offensive football that Carrillo won at the time. This is Vidi's game, the fans expect the team to attack, score goals, but the fact is that it will take some time to master the new approach.“You don't have to think big, practice some ball and ball movement and have a thorough understanding of the system, but we are on the right track.”
Photo: MOL Fehérvár
Come on then the top rank
There is no question that there will be a top runner-up at the weekend when MOL Fehérvár will be the guest of Ferencváros at the Groupama Arena. Nikolics says the formula is not complicated in front of the roster.
“We have to win and we are preparing to win. Three points is the difference between the two teams, so we could put the pressure that is on us now by putting them on the score. “
I know they have two missed matches, but they should play with the pressure on their neck that they will only stay ahead of them if they win, which is a completely different state of mind. ”
“At Fradi's home, it will be very difficult to win, the key is who can get on with the moment. There will be opportunities on both sides, and we must be ruthless, simply no mistake at either gate. To put it simply: in attack, we have to score goals from each of our situations, and he is ready, ”Nikolics said.
“I said a couple of days ago that we should not be focusing on Fradi because we can only control what is in our own hands. Weekend rush is such an occasion, we may be blacksmiths of our own destiny, but after that we should not look at Fradi, we just have to deal with ourselves. Then we'll see if that will be enough to overtake. “
24 goals to the gold book
We asked the striker what he thought of number 24, and he immediately said, “I would have to score so many goals to be the most successful scorer in Vidi's history.” I could prevent an icon like József Szabó, which would be a great honor for me. And maybe he would love to have someone who is as important to this city as he is. “
“But I look at these individual recognitions differently. For me, only those who value the team have value. For example, I was a goal scorer three times, but I only got one championship title with Vidi. I'm not saying we won the League Cup, the Super Cup, and we were in the Europa League group, but my favorite is obviously the goalie title I used to help Vidit to a championship title, “Nikolics explained.
“This club means a lot to me. I love the city, I love the people here, and in Vidi I have become a recognized player for which I will be eternally grateful. Now that I see how much has improved in my absence, I am even more proud to have been received with such affection. I'm going to score goals “ the striker added with a wide smile.
MOL Fehervar will enter the Groupama Arena on Saturday (Feb 15) from 7:30 pm for tickets to the Ferencváros match and other fan information read more here.