Partizan won Macva 2-1 away in a SSL round 32 game. Hosts took an early lead, Asano equalized late in the first half followed by a second half winner from Lazar Markovic.
We spoke to Partizan Japanese winger after the match and his 21st goal of the season.
“Macva started well and shocked us with early goal. But, good thing about this team is that we know we don`t have to panic but to keep attacking and wait for our goal opportunities. We knew it was important to score before the half-time whistle so that we can go on a break with calm heads. Macva keeper saved dozen opportunities really. At the end, I`m truly happy when I see the joy of my teammates and boss Stanojevic when we win”.
After a derby defeat, Partizan starts another winning streak.
“I don`t want to go back to derby game as we cannot change anything now. It` important to know no one outplayed us, derby game analysis can show that too. But, one goal changes everything. I think football public knows what kind of team we are what we are about”.
On Wednesday, Partizan is away to Vojvodina in a Serbian Cup semi.
“I know Vojvodina all too well, it`s not going to be a relaxing encounter. Actually, there never is one when you are in Partizan. You win 19 in a row and everyone sings the praise, you lose one and chaos erupts. Personally, I have only positive impressions with people I meet but there are very few places around the world with such football turbulence. Now I understand your temperament”.
You feel at home now?
“It`s nice here at Partizan but I almost don`t go out at all. I have my training and daily schedule and everything is about football for me”.
There are Takuma Asano shirts now in Partizan shop. How do you like them?
“I like them very much. I already have quite a few orders from Japan and I will have to direct them to Partizan shop”.