Zeljko Petrovic booked saturday with Willem II an important victory against sc Heerenveen (3-1). The trainer of the Tilburgers runs empty for the camera of the after the match NOS, because he does not always feel taken seriously in the Netherlands. Petrovic feels regularly ridiculed by ‘people on television’ in particular.
“I don’t know why people laugh at me”, begins the emotional Petrovic, who played eighteen times for Yugoslavia as a player. “These are people who do not even reach my knee in terms of name, personality, man, in everything that I have done well in the Netherlands in thirty years. I would like to say it, but I don’t know why they have to care for me. laugh Maybe it’s my statement, my accent But can you laugh at someone who has worked with Dick Advocaat, with Guus Hiddink, with Martin Jol, at two clubs in the Premier League, with Ruud Gullit? . ”
Petrovic does not want to use the victory against Heerenveen to be right. “No, no, no, not a long nose,” said the coach. “I take criticism from people who have achieved something in their lives and in football, but not from some people on television … Anyway, I’ve been here for thirty years and I know how it’s going. I know this is my last chance is, only by people like that, because they want to make fun of me. But fine, I am a Dutch trainer, with a foreign origin. With a different accent, but this trainer can speak five languages. Writing, reading and talking. And learned on the street myself, that is also important, never went to school. So there is something in the head of this trainer. And those people who say that, I have doubts whether they can do that. But it remains football. just keep calm and I must be grateful to Willem II for being here. ”
Willem II took in the points against Heerenveen with counter football. “That’s the way it should be,” says Petrovic. “It’s a bit against my principle but okay. I’ve never shouted so much along the line. Our start was not good, we let Heerenveen play too easy. A lot of hitting once and then losing the ball, it drove me crazy. At half time I said I would switch if I still saw it. ” Willem II is still one point behind VVV-Venlo, which camps in the safe fifteenth place. “I hope it will be all right and that this wonderful club will remain in the Eredivisie.