Hrvoje, earlier than we get to HSG Wetzlar, a fast query concerning the World Cup. Do you’ve an opinion on whether or not you’ll stay the coach of the Croatian nationwide workforce?
I ended and informed these in cost that I’d totally think about my teaching job at Vetslar. I’ve talked to my household about it too, the twin dedication can be an excessive amount of. For now, EM and World Cup with Croatia is sufficient. Nevertheless, we had a robust event, we misplaced some extent in opposition to Denmark and we should always have received. But we misplaced the primary recreation. The boys have been too scorching in opposition to Egypt, the workforce was too centered to qualify for the quarter finals and the Olympics. But first you must get there. Otherwise, you’ll overlook to name in your highest efficiency at essential moments.
Which brings us to the Bundesliga and Wetzlar. HSG want prime performances to outlive the relegation battle. Does everybody right here understand how harmful the state of affairs is?
Yes, in fact, and we’ve got to be very cautious about it. Teams on the again finish are used to the state of affairs, particularly Minden. My gamers and I do know the place we’re within the desk. We want all our focus and power.
Do you actually know the battle of relegation?
At Nexe we have been on the prime. But earlier than that, in Dubrava, after I took over the workforce, we have been nearly relegated, however then we went up and stayed in the midst of the desk. It was a troublesome begin to my teaching profession and it was the same state of affairs to what occurred at HSG.
How does a coach intervene in such a state of affairs?
We have to ensure everybody provides 100% and the stress is off. Otherwise, it should have a damaging impact on the person high quality of the gamers. You needn’t suppose an excessive amount of about one objective: staying within the league, and then you definately stumble. If you observe that path, you’ll attain your objective. It’s not play by play, it is defensive sequence by defensive sequence, offense by offense. We should not fall into the lure of pondering solely of this one nice objective. I see that we’re getting ready very properly and the youngsters are superb.
But once more: what is your private evaluation of the HSG after a couple of weeks?
I’m coming to a brand new workforce and a brand new league. I’ve a fantastic ambition to take all the things to the following degree. I get pleasure from each observe and my boys progress. Comfort, in fact, is totally different.
Is the workforce too quiet, not supportive sufficient, does it want an actual chief?
There is uncertainty surrounding the result, and maybe that is the place the silence comes from. The leaders are actually returning to the workforce with Stefan Cavor and Magnus Fredriksen. It additionally means aid for others. Khaki is an enormous enhance for the second half of the season. Magnus is additionally crucial. Full management of the assault rests with the center man. All gamers achieve confidence and peace of thoughts once they see that they’re guided. Jonas Schelker carried out properly. But he got here into growth as a quantity two, then in a single day turned the primary at his place, and there was a little bit of a shock about it. I discuss so much with Shchelki, additionally to guard him. We want a center man to set the tempo, to see who is in a very good temper and who is not. Magnus defuses the state of affairs and exonerates Jonas. I make a promise to the followers who hope to faithfully come to the sector, and who I naturally belief at our dwelling video games: everybody will give their all, together with their physique language.
They appear very quiet. Are you loud?
I usually do respiration workouts, that is why I’m calm. If I preserve yelling as a coach, nobody will hear me in three weeks. It is vital to have the suitable authority within the workforce. It solely works for a short while with screaming and shaking. If you make a participant higher and he sees it, it is good in your fame as a coach. Of course, I realized so much from my father. His expertise can’t be present in any e book.
But your father educated and educated one other technology of handball gamers as a coach…
Of course, with the other ways of speaking and the pace of social media, players know all the things as of late. They can even discover that your coaching as a coach is poor. To handle them, you will need to perceive them. One needs you to stroke him, the opposite must work arduous. Another needed extra permission between departments. I’ve loads of private calls, however they’re by no means longer than six or eight minutes. Because boys have a a lot shorter consideration span as of late.
What do you consider psychological workouts?
I had this on Nexe, it helps guys so much. How do you take care of stress? Everyone has a knot to unravel someplace. Biceps or quads have their limits, you’ll be able to’t elevate 5 tons. But the border is open within the thoughts. The HSG workforce has so much to supply, and I need to uncover these reserves myself. But in the long term, psychological coaching additionally helps each skilled athlete.
An instance is Vladan Lipovina, who till now has solely partially used his artwork. How to unravel the issue with the suitable again three gamers?
I do not know why Vladan Lipovina performed like that. One factor is for positive: Stefan Cavor is coming again, Jovica Nikolic is younger and able to growth. We are pondering of giving up the participant and strengthening ourselves in one other place for a short while.
In the relegation battle, you should defend properly, be composed, give a hundred percent and extra. Especially relating to giving up habits, it means investing all the things and doing it good. It is essential to be calm within the assault, focus and take duty for every ball. This is the mantra. Hendrik Wagner strikes to the within block, so there is so much to find. I informed him: All opponents ought to be afraid of you.
On Saturday we journey to Flensburg for the cup after which Hannover come to Wetzlar to renew the Bundesliga. Is a brief preparation time sufficient?
I had a fantastic keep in December. Now we is not going to strive anymore, however there are video games that we have to put together properly. This space loves handball. We should react, encourage the viewers and take them with us.
For you who reside in Dutenhofen, there is a danger of strolling across the village after shedding and using in a sedan chair while you win…
Oh, I’m Croatian. We’re world champions at throwing events at our home, and we’re additionally world champions at cursing.