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Mario Vrancic: I always knew the ball was going in

19 April 2019

Mario Vrancic insisted he always knew he would score the vital free-kick that salvaged a 2-2 draw for City against Sheffield Wednesday.

Vrancic was fouled on the edge of the area with City trailing in the final minute of the match, and he stepped up to curl the ball into the top corner.

Speaking post-match, Vrancic said: “What can I say, I’m just buzzing. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the win but we played very well.

“Sheffield Wednesday made it very difficult for us. It was a big relief to score the last goal.

“There was no doubt. I’ve been practising free-kicks almost every day and it’s all for those moments. They are very important for us, especially in the last second.

“I was sure I was going to score. Before the game, I’m always practising and I’m just buzzing that I could score this very important goal for us.

“We never give up. Never. We’ve scored ten or twelve goals in the last minute goals and that shows our character and spirit. Especially at home with the supporters, it gives us a big boost.”

Vrancic has been restricted to appearances from the substitute’s bench over recent weeks but he hopes his performances will persuade Head Coach Daniel Farke to use him more frequently.

“Every player wants to play and as a player, you have to use the minutes you get, whether it’s five or ten minutes, whatever.

“Of course I would like to start like any other player in the team. Hopefully, I can start a game very soon.

“It’s always important get a contribution in a game, especially with goals. I’m just trying to give my best and try to convince the Boss to give me more minutes.”

As for City’s promotion ambitions, Vrancic thinks the late show will give City a psychological boost for the games ahead.

“It’s going to give us a big boost. It shows our character as I said and it will give us a huge boost. We can also be happy with a point and we are looking forward to the last three games.”


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