Winning without the right to appeal against Mioveni (3-0) and qualifying from first place in Group B in the quarter-finals of the Romania Betano Cup, UTA took a good dose of morale in view of the 6-point match in Cluj, with the University, from the 20th round of the Super League.
Arădeni had in front of them a formation from Argeș on the edge of the precipice as a result of significant financial arrears to the players, but also with the quarter qualification in their pocket after two successes in the first rounds of the group and thus their mission was much easier.
Finally, “The Old Lady” of Romanian football has not played a quarter-final in the Cup since 1995, when it lost (1-2) against Petrol at the neutral ground in Târgu Jiu.
“We are happy with the reaction of the group after the defeat to a result that does us no honor”
A cross by Anton deflected into the far corner by Şerbănica (min. 12), Hoxhallari’s “head” (min. 52) and Keseru’s third goal in the Cup (min. 64) made the difference on the table in favor of UTA- They. “It’s a very important victory for us from two points of view, which I also emphasized before the game in front of the boys. It’s a win that secures us qualification, but more than that, the game and the way we got this win gives us the boost of confidence we needed for this 2022 final, not an easy one for us. In three days we go to Cluj for a match that is like a real final for us, and then Rapidul follows. At the same time, we are happy with the reaction of the group after the defeat to a result that does us no honor from the last stage, in our own stadium, against those from Sepsi. I said even then, such moments happen in football, but it is very important how we react”, said Laszlo Balint immediately after the end of the dispute at “Orășenescul” in Mioveni.
“The road is long in the championship, today was a very important match”
Eventually, the technician from Brasov won only in the Cup from the return to the “Bătrănei Doamne” bank, in Buzău and today. “The road is long in the championship, but today was a very important match. To be qualified and not depend on the other results we needed a win. That’s how I prepared the match, I didn’t take care of any player at all, even if Claudiu (na Keseru) complained of some pain the other day in a nail. After all, he was on the field today and really came on really well, contributing to everything that meant the game and the final result. So, all in all, we’re trying to grow on that spirit, on that mentality, and approach every match for its true importance,” added Balint.
Anton’s goal reminded him of the success… of the speedster Albu: “It happens!”
At the end, Paul Anton admitted that he wanted to center the 0-1 success, deflected behind Sima de Şerbănica. “It happens, we also went through such moments. I actually remember a match against Rapid on >, when Alex Albu wanted to cross and I think it was a similar goal. It is important for us that we kept the pace throughout the game, we were in control almost from the beginning to the end. Of course, the opponent also had their moments, after all they are an awkward team, which, I say, if they did not have these problems, they would probably give the big teams a lot of problems. They played some good matches, with CFR, with Farul, so they have this ability to motivate themselves when necessary”, added the “principal” of the Aradians.
“We want to go to the semi-finals, especially since we will be playing at home”
Asked if UTA makes winning the Cup a goal, Balint added: “At the moment, our main goal is the match in Cluj. But, it is true that we want to go to the semi-finals, especially since we will be playing on our own ground against a team that can cause problems and will, in turn, want to go further. But, all in all, until the next match in the Cup, we still have a lot to do in the championship and I hope to get through Sunday’s match.”
“After the last games of the year, I hope we have as quiet a winter as possible in this context”
Finally, the “Old Lady” coach said what he would like to see in his team on Sunday, in Cluj, but also with Rapidul, referring to today’s match. “First of all, we have to maintain our level of play, because today we showed some consistency, let’s say, with what we set out to do. We had very good moments of pressing, of counter-pressing, we had moments when we developed the attack as we wanted. We managed to speculate the superiority on the flank, where we came with many balls in the box. It’s clear, we need a lot of work, perseverance and confidence in what we do daily, but above all, we need results. I hope we will be very efficient in what these two games mean so that we can get as many points as possible and have as quiet a winter as possible in this context”, concluded Balint.
The UTA delegation will leave tomorrow directly for Cluj, where they will train before the duel with “U” on Sunday, from 2:30 p.m.
Source: Prosport by www.prosport.ro.
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