Hrvoje, earlier than we get to HSG Wetzlar, a fast query in regards to the World Cup. Do you might have an opinion on whether or not you’ll stay the coach of the Croatian nationwide staff?
I finished and instructed these in cost that I’d absolutely 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 powerful event, we misplaced some extent in opposition to Denmark and we should always have gained. But we misplaced the primary recreation. The boys have been too scorching in opposition to Egypt, the staff was too targeted to qualify for the quarter finals and the Olympics. But first you need to get there. Otherwise, you’ll neglect 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 know the way harmful the state of affairs is?
Yes, in fact, and now we have 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 staff, we have been nearly relegated, however then we went up and stayed in the course of the desk. It was a tough 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 verify everybody offers one hundred pc and the strain is off. Otherwise, it’s going to have a adverse impact on the person high quality of the gamers. You need not assume an excessive amount of about one objective: staying within the league, and then you definitely 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 making ready very nicely and the kids 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 staff and a brand new league. I’ve an awesome ambition to take all the things to the following stage. I get pleasure from each apply and my boys progress. Comfort, in fact, is completely different.
Is the staff too quiet, not supportive sufficient, does it want an actual chief?
There is uncertainty surrounding the end result, and maybe that is the place the silence comes from. The leaders at the moment are returning to the staff with Stefan Cavor and Magnus Fredriksen. It additionally means aid for others. Khaki is a giant increase 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 after they see that they’re guided. Jonas Schelker carried out nicely. But he got here into improvement as a quantity two, then in a single day grew to become the primary at his place, and there was a little bit of a shock about it. I speak loads 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 world, and who I naturally belief at our house video games: everybody will give their all, together with their physique language.
They appear very quiet. Are you loud?
I recurrently do respiratory workouts, that is why I’m calm. If I hold yelling as a coach, nobody will hear me in three weeks. It is necessary to have the suitable authority within the staff. It solely works for a short while with screaming and shaking. If you make a participant higher and he sees it, it is good to your popularity as a coach. Of course, I discovered loads from my father. His expertise can’t be present in any e-book.
But your father skilled and skilled one other era of handball gamers as a coach…
Of course, with the other ways of speaking and the velocity of social media, players know all the things nowadays. They can even discover that your coaching as a coach is poor. To handle them, you will need to perceive them. One desires you to stroke him, the opposite must work laborious. Another wished extra permission between departments. I’ve a whole lot of private calls, however they’re by no means longer than six or eight minutes. Because boys have a a lot shorter consideration span nowadays.
What do you concentrate on psychological workouts?
I had this on Nexe, it helps guys loads. How do you cope with stress? Everyone has a knot to resolve someplace. Biceps or quads have their limits, you may’t carry 5 tons. But the border is open within the thoughts. The HSG staff has loads 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 resolve 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 improvement. We are pondering of giving up the participant and strengthening ourselves in one other place for a short while.
In the relegation battle, it’s essential defend nicely, be composed, give 100% and extra. Especially in terms of giving up conduct, it means investing all the things and doing it sensible. 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 loads to find. I instructed him: All opponents needs 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 an awesome keep in December. Now we won’t attempt anymore, however there are video games that we have to put together nicely. This space loves handball. We must react, encourage the viewers and take them with us.
For you who dwell in Dutenhofen, there is a threat of strolling across the village after shedding and driving in a sedan chair once you win…
Oh, I’m Croatian. We’re world champions at throwing events at our home, and we’re additionally world champions at cursing.