Zeljko Petrovic was told after the training of Feyenoord by player Marcos Senesi that Diego Maradona had died.
The assistant of the Rotterdam club played for a few months in the early nineties with the Argentinian football legend, who died on Wednesday at the age of sixty after a heart attack.
"God is dead," said Marcos. You don't need more words, "Petrovic told
Petrovic and Senesi are preparing with Feyenoord in Moscow for Thursday's Europa League match against CSKA Moscow.
In the 1991/1992 season, Petrovic played for several months with Maradona, who signed for cocaine use in Andalusia after a 15-month suspension.
"I was on the training field with him every day. That alone was something to remember", said Petrovic.
"When he came, everything changed. Previously I drove to the training in ten minutes, then it took me 45 minutes and that was because everyone wanted to watch the training. Because Diego was there. Only then I was able to see what that man loosens up in people. "
Petrovic acknowledges that Maradona was inimitable even off the lines.
"I understand that people say: he did not show the behavior that should be with a trainer. True. But he remained as he is, because he had no other choice. That was especially a problem in the world."
"In Argentina they look at it differently. I have been there. There are churches there with the image of Diego. You will soon see images of the funeral that you cannot believe. I believe the country will go into national mourning. If I saw Marcos Senesi… God is dead. That's how it feels there. "
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