The Cubs coach looked downtrodden as he addressed the media following the 4-1 loss to Ajax Amsterdam U16Flanked by goalscorer Mahatir Azeman and captain Adam Swandi, Singapore U16 coach Dejan Glusecvic admitted that his team had committed a 'few errors' in the game that contributed to their heavy loss.
“It’s a hard way to learn from your own mistake," said the visibly disappointed Serbian.
"What we saw in the game tonight is the standard set up by Ajax youth academy.
“Ajax was playing like champions tonight and I hope that my boys can one day play the same way.”
Gluscevic also spoke of how his team was tactically stretched and had become vulnerable at the back when they went on the offensive.
“We knew about Ajax and we tried to prevent their passes, where they used the space for dominant players but unfortunately we conceded easy goals [instead]," he added.
"We had to push further and end up giving more space to the opponent.”
Struggling for words and sitted with The former Tanjong Pagar player also praised the capability and ability of his opponent in the final: “They have consistent performance, good positioning, precise passing and unstoppable patterns of play.”
“Once again [this is] the most beautiful game in the world where anyone can win, big small, quick or fast, and it all boils down to a game of domination.
“The changes that they made in the game and also the coaching staffs made full advantage of the situation.”