Milosevic anticipates tough World Cup for ‘talented’ Serbia

first_imgSerbia Savo Milosevic anticipates tough World Cup for ‘talented’ Serbia Naim Beneddra 06:28 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Savo Milosevic at Euro 2000 Getty Serbia World Cup Costa Rica v Serbia Costa Rica The former Aston Villa and Zaragoza hitman is looking forward to seeing his compatriots in action, while backing rookie coach Krstajic to succeed Savo Milosevic is delighted to see his Serbia team amongst the World Cup hopefuls after an eight-year absence, but warned they faced a tough challenge to reach the knock-out stages. Milosevic was in the twilight of his successful playing career when the Balkans side appeared at the 2006 finals, having previously helped Serbia to the last 16 in France during the 1998 edition. And having missed out on the Brazil competition the nation beat out Wales and the Republic of Ireland to book a place at Russia 2018, a tournament Milosevic awaits with nervous excitement.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “The qualification for the World Cup that we achieved was very important. Because, as you say, it’s been six years since we played in a major tournament,” the ex-Aston Villa, Zaragoza and Partizan striker told Goal, as he admitted his trepidation over a tough first round line-up. “Now we will be in a complicated group and it will not be easy. We have Brazil with us, and you know everything Brazil represents. And the other two will be hard to beat as well. Switzerland are an experienced team. They participate regularly in these tournaments. As for Costa Rica, they are like all the teams of South or Central America. There is a lot of fervor and they will be difficult to maneuver past.”It will not be easy, but I think we have the talent to get good results. At least against the Swiss and Costa Ricans. “I believe and I know we have a squad with enough talent. I don’t know if it will be enough to qualify, but I know we are well armed. But, you never know in football. There is no guarantee.”Coach Mladen Krstajic has come under fire in certain circles ahead of the World Cup, with some believing the rookie – he has no prior experience as a first-team coach prior to the Serbia job – might be out of his depth in Russia. Having featured alongside Krstajic as a player, however, Milosevic urged his compatriots to have faith in the coach. “Krstajic’s experience? It could be a problem. But we must settle him. He was an important player. He played World Cups,” he added. “As a coach, he only started recently. It’s not ideal, yes. Because he doesn’t have much experience as a coach. However, you have to trust him. Because he also has lots of talent.”He knows the country and all our players. The players have respect for him. And that can also be positive. I think it should be fine for him.”last_img