Joao Janeiro feels the weight of the mission in Dunajská Streda

Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:34 PM

The Portuguese expert who did a miracle with Kisvárda proudly accepted the DAC’s request, and while he knows how difficult a task he has undertaken, such ones are more tossing than deterrent.

Many were genuinely shocked when coach Joao Janeiro, who was soaring to historic heights, announced he would be signed to the DAC. It’s a polar statement, but it’s true: the people of Kisvárda could even compete for the championship title this year, which is no small word for a team that is only spending its fourth season in the first division. Meanwhile, in Dunaszerdahely, a team with a long history but a very difficult situation received the Portuguese specialist.

“If you call a club with a pedigree like the DAC, you can’t say no to that.“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved with Kisvárda, I only have fond memories of the team, but as a coach I am always looking for more and more challenges because they motivate me to be a better coach every day,” he told MOL Team in Lisbon. born specialist.

“The DAC’s interest was already an honor in itself, but when the leaders outlined the longer-term project in front of me, I decided it was my place,” Janeiro added.

Cultural mission and responsibility

“I came to help, but I need help too,” the specialist sighed as we suggested to him that he had come from a very high-flying team to a club in serious trouble. “Taking over a team on the go is never easy, especially if it doesn’t perform as intended, but I’ve never been scared of any task.”

“I am aware of the special situation of the DAC in Slovakia and not only do I know that it is a cultural mission, but I am extremely proud to have found it suitable for such a multifaceted task. As I see it, I was given an absolutely unique opportunity, as I can have an impact on Hungarian and Slovak club football at the same time, and even on the national team. Such a task fills a person with pride, the harder it is, the more ” he added with a smile.

“I also know three Hungarian national team players on my team, which of course is a serious responsibility. Unfortunately, I can’t count on Zsoltira Kalmár yet, but she’s always there at team meetings, and her role in the locker room is absolutely noticeable, even though unfortunately we have to wait a bit for her return due to an injury. ”

“The style of play is a bit different, but there is a similarity between the Slovak and Hungarian leagues in that there are no easy matches in the Fortuna League, the Slovak first class is also very balanced. I don’t want to talk about the goals for the time being, as we have just started working together, in any case I am very happy that we started our performance with a victory, ”said the Portuguese expert about beating Senica.

When everyone pulls in one direction

Defeating Senica had to be like a mouthful of bread, as after two defeats, the DAC managed to win again, still in fourth place in the Fortuna League. We asked Janeiro which statistics from the first victory he holds for more: whether his own team had tried to shoot at the goal 14 times, or if the opponent had never hit the goal in Dunaszerdahely.

“Anyone who is curious about my coaching philosophy still has to wait a bit, but I don’t want to get around the issue, so I say a combination of the two. It’s no secret that I like offensive football, but for that, the team has to be in balance, which is the basis of good defense. “I confess that my first defender in defense is the center striker, and my first striker in attack is the goalkeeper. ”

“But I didn’t really have a part in beating Senica yet, as the match was held shortly after our first encounter. All I can tell you now is that my first impressions are not positive because of the victory, but because this young team is watching me. Even after the first team meeting, I felt the trust from the boys, and that’s very important because it’s impossible to move forward without it. ”

We asked the Portuguese specialist how he would build the next period at the DAC. There are four more matches waiting for the team this year (including a Bratislava match against Slovan), followed by an extremely long winter break in Slovakia, when it’s time to really wrinkle the team.

“We can’t afford to just play for survival in the next four games, although it’s true that substantial work is expected in the winter preparation period because the team will be playing continuously until then. “By 2021, our goal is to get as many points as possible and to start filtering into the team the ideas we want to move along.”

“We are pragmatically preparing for our matches this year, clinging to what works. Then we’ll have six weeks to put the model I envisioned on the battle line, and by the spring, the DAC that will hopefully cause a lot of happy moments for our great fan base will run out on the field. Maybe then they will be able to fully fill the stands of MOL Arena, ”concluded Joao Janeiro.

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