Interview 12 June 2024

Georgi Karamandjukov: At this stage, we will not part with anyone

“We are sending off a very successful year. We are the undisputed champion. If the others had played as many games as us, we would have been leading...

We are sending off a very successful year. We are the undisputed champion. If the others had played as many games as us, we would have been leading by double digits. We definitely have the best players and coaches," said Ludogorets sports director Georgi Karamandzukov. "It is no coincidence that we also have two footballers at Euro 2024 who represent strong teams such as Poland and Switzerland. Last season there were injuries, coaching changes, we sold many big players, we played valuable matches in Europe. There are quite a few good footballers playing in Bulgaria. At this stage, we will not part with anyone except those who are not useful to us,” he added. "We have attracted only one footballer - Hendrik Bonmann. 99.99% of what comes out in the media is not true. The coach has the ultimate say on who gets drafted. Everything is done within a financial framework. We observe financial fair play. We are starting a season where we have to improve things where we have a shake-up. I wish for fewer injuries and for us to go as far as possible in the Champions League qualifiers," added the boss.

"There will be new ones. Only players we are convinced will raise the class. There can always be an outgoing transfer. We have three centre-forwards and all three played and scored important goals. The number of matches we record cannot be played with a small group. There is a lot of interest in our players, which is deserved," he added.

"We can do the competition ourselves. The few years when everything was decided in the last round, then we ourselves had problems. We made a lot of mistakes in the previous championship. But when spring comes, we are concentrated only in Bulgaria, we are classes above the others," he added.

Tekpetey? Everyone is interested. He made a lot of strong matches. It has undeniable qualities. Ludogorets will not stop him, but we sell very expensive. No one will leave until the end of the European campaign," concluded Karamandjukov.

Coach Georgi Dermendzhiev also expressed his opinion on important issues. "Success is due to teamwork. I've always counted on that. We will play 4 friendly games in Austria and one here, too. Time to work is short. We had a very hard and very long year. We have played 58 matches, the second in the ranking - Cherno more, has 32", said the experienced specialist. "The team is well equipped. We have a new one for now, but there will be more. We have enough players in all positions. We will take ones that are higher class,” he added. "There are 6 boys from the junior high school, two of whom are 16 years old. They will be with us at the camp. They have to get used to the pace of play of the first team and after 1-2 years they should be ready. They are very talented," said the coach. "The later the new ones come, the harder it is for them to adapt. We will do our best to include them. There is no easy way to the Champions League. Let's hope we will succeed," he concluded.

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League table Parva liga, 1st round
1. Levski 3
2. Botev (Plovdiv) 3
3. Spartak (Varna) 3
4. Beroe 3
5. Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) 3
6. Ludogorets 3
7. Krumovgrad 3
8. Cherno more 1
9. CSKA 1948 1
10. CSKA-Sofia 0
11. Slavia 0
12. Septemvri (Sofia) 0
13. Arda 0
14. Botev (Vratsa) 0
15. Hebar 0
16. Lokomotiv (Sofia) 0

 
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