Madrid, Nov 19 (EFE) .- The Slovenian goalkeeper of Atlético de Madrid Jan Oblak, who joins the rojiblanco team this Thursday to face the game next Saturday against Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano (9:00 p.m.), assured that the key to the game will be to “defend well and attack better.”
“The key is to always be involved in the game, play with intensity, not stop, defend well and attack better,” said the Slovenian goalkeeper, who closed his participation with Slovenia in the Nations League on Wednesday with a draw against Greece (0- 0) without conceding a goal, with he finished the tournament unbeaten in five games.
Now, he focuses on Barcelona. “They are games that you have always dreamed that you are going to play one day, so you can be happy to be lucky to be on the field and play games like this,” he said.
Oblak expects “a difficult match, as always”, but considers that Atlético has to think of itself and defends the good form of the rojiblanco team, the only undefeated in LaLiga Santander, with five wins and two draws in seven games, 17 goals in favor and only two against.
“I see the team very well, playing well, we have scored a lot of goals, we are preparing well. We are going to enter this game to win it, we know how difficult it is to beat Barcelona,” he said.
However, the duel will have a handicap: not having the red and white fans in the Wanda Metropolitano, due to the health situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Any game with the fans is another game. They have not been with us in the stadium for a long time so we are going to miss them. I hope they can return to the stadium soon and we will relive the nights we have lived in the past,” he added Oblak.
The Slovenian goalkeeper achieved last night, after the 0-0 draw between the Slovenian and Greek teams in Athens that allows the Central European team to certify the leadership of group C3 and promote to League B, their fifth game without conceding a goal with their team.
“Greece is a team that is used to participating in big tournaments, whose objective was to move up in the league and surpass them is a success for everyone. It was a difficult game because they pushed us a lot and they needed to win. I am happy both individually and collectively to finish. thus the League of Nations, “said the Slovenian goalkeeper in statements sent to EFE.
Oblak has kept his door to zero in the five games he has played in this UEFA competition, against Greece (0-0 in both games), Moldova (0-4 and 1-0) and Kosovo (0-1) . The only goal received by Slovenia was conceded by his teammate Vid Belec, the Italian Salernitana goalkeeper, against Kosovo (2-1).
“For us it is an important joy to be able to take a step forward as a national team, the whole team is working hard to grow and be able to compete at a better level every time,” added Oblak.
The Slovenian goalkeeper, who has left his goal unbeaten in five of the seven games played this season in LaLiga Santander, will face a bigger duel on Saturday, against a Barcelona that he has faced 16 times and from which he has received 24 goals, against the one that only once could leave his door to zero, in the return of the quarterfinals of the 2015-16 Champions League (2-0). On Saturday he will aspire to repeat that performance and maintain his good streak under the goal.