Ludogorets coach Ivaylo Petev gave a press conference before the first match of the Conference League groups against Spartak Trnava.
“I am never thinking of what is going to happen. That's how it happened, that's how the draw was, and we have to come out tomorrow, come out as focused as possible and play a good game. We always feel more comfortable in front of our fans and I hope with their help we will win," the specialist began.
"This opponent, Spartak Trnava, is worth to respect because they have eliminated Lech Poznan, Dnipro-1, quite an experienced team, with experienced players. We are aware that it will not be easy for us, but we must have maximum concentration and do everything possible to win," continued the coach.
"I note one thing - in the matches of Ludogorets in the championship, the biggest opponent of Ludogorets is Ludogorets itself. When we don't approach properly, we are vulnerable to losing points. Tomorrow is the most important match, then we will think about the championship again. I think we will be mobilized tomorrow," he reported.
"In any case, Roman Prohazka can help Spartak Trnava, but nowadays it is not very difficult to get to know the opponent from the systems they have. He played in our stadium, he lost in our stadium, I hope he will lose now again," the coach believes.
He also talked about the injured players in his team. "The closest to return is Kwadwo Duah, Anton Nedyalkov will train at the end of the month with the team, this is something positive. Marcel Heister will not be available for tomorrow. Sonko Sundberg had an inflammation in the back of his leg and for that reason he did not play with Botev Plovdiv, Ivan Yordanov also had a problem and together with the medical staff we decided that they should not be in the group," he revealed.
"Bernard Tekpetey will be captain until Anton Nedyalkov returns, he is the titular captain, he was captain before Kiril Despodov. We have analyzed Spartak Trnava. They relies on any static situation from which they can score. I can say their strong weapon is the counterattack, because they have very fast footballers in front positions", concluded Ivaylo Petev.
Jakub Piotrowski also took part in the briefing.
"We are ready physically and mentally. I like to play a lot of games. You have to be ready for every fight. I hope we show that we are ready. Not many teams in the Dutch league can beat Ajax away. This is a great success. We dropped off, but we can take a lot of positives, we showed that we are well prepared physically. Every game I try to help the team. I am very happy to help with goals and assists. The most important thing is that as a team we win every game", stated Jakub Piotrowski.
The official press conference of Ludogorets before the match of Group H of the League of Conferences with Spartak (Trnava) will be on Wednesday (September 20) at 1.30 pm in the big hall behind the Central Tribune of Huvepharma Arena. In the briefing, which will be held live and online, the champions coach Ivaylo Petev and one football player will take part.
The official training of the Eagles starts tomorrow at 19:30 at the Eagles' Nest club base. The session will be open to journalists in the first 15 minutes.
The press conference of the coach of Spartak (Trnava) starts at 19:00 at the Huvepharma Arena stadium. The Slovak team will not have an activity on Bulgarian soil before the match with Ludogorets on Thursday.
PFC Ludogorets informs all fans who will watch live the first match of the group stage of the Conference League against Spartak (Trnava) on Thursday (September 21) at 7.45 pm that on the same day Huvepharma Arena stadium opens its doors at 5:45 pm. The club reminds that tickets are currently being sold at the box office on Vasil Levski street. Today and tomorrow the counter will work until 18:00, and on Thursday (September 21) from 10:00 until the start of the match. Package tickets for the three group matches are also currently on sale. The online sale of package tickets for block 2 of sector "G" continues.
The club urges fans to arrive at the stadium early to ease the ticketing regime.
Ludogorets reports that intoxicated fans, with weapons, dangerous objects, pyrotechnics, lighters, bottles, as well as bottles of perfume and deodorant, will not be allowed at Huvepharma Arena. Racist chants, as well as the use of lasers from the stands during the match, are absolutely prohibited. PFC Ludogorets reminds that all supporters are subject to a hard check at the entrances, prohibited items will be confiscated.
Those attending with persons under the age of 18 must submit a completed guardian declaration. These are handed out in person when buying a ticket. If necessary, a link can be used, which is located in the online ticket purchase portal https://tickets.ludogorets.com , as well as on the main page of the club's official website www.ludogorets.com