Vladan Milojevic, Red Star Belgrade coach, talks about his belief that his team is playing for Serbia’s pride as they take on Liverpool in Champions League. About fifteen days ago the side was humbled by a defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s team which proved to be an ordinary performance by the team. It took place in Anfield. However, they did have a win against Paris St Germain. Now Milojevic is hoping for home advantage as they play two matches away where they would be devoid of their supporters. This is because of the ban that UEFA has imposed after there have been instances of pitch invasions and fireworks being set off by the fans.
The opposing team of Liverpool would face a hostile host team at Rajko Mitic stadium and they would be without their winger Xherdan Shaqiri. He has been left behind in this game so that local tensions do not erupt because of his parentage linked to Kosova and Albania.
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Manchester United has confirmed that midfielder Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the Premier League after undergoing surgery on an abdominal injury sustained during the World Cup. The Serbia international was one of the standout performers for United during the previous campaign as they finished runners-up to Manchester City.
Speaking to reporters, Mourinho said: “Matic arrived from the World Cup, holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup.He has had surgery. He is out for the start of the season. He came from the World Cup with the injury and the time he had to rest on holiday was not enough to resolve the problem.I don’t know how long he will be out for.”
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The head coach of Serbia Mladen Krstajic said he was quite satisfied with the team’s performance at the FIFA World Cup held in Russia. The team could not win, but they did their best as per the coach. Serbia lost to Brazil by 2-0 who have been the champions for 5 times so far.
They finished third in this tournament and failed to make in the 16th round. However, the coach has no regrets for not making it to the top. The team was there to show their capabilities. Serbia did miss the World Cup in 2014 and UEFA in 2016. The current result is definitely satisfactory, although they lost, but every team cannot be winners. It is a part of life and one has to accept it. The only sad part is that the team failed to beat the strongest football team in the world.
Krstajic also said that the team did commit a few mistakes while playing against Brazil. However, he was satisfied with the efforts put in by the team. The only shortfall was that the team lost concentration, especially while playing with one of the strongest teams. In such situations, the ability of each individual comes to the fore. The team did take the game lightly for a moment and they were punished for the same. The team did all it could do to win, but unfortunately, it lost.
It is very important to stay alert for 90 minutes or else you will have to face the brunt. It is not easy to play open games against Brazil as it’s undeniably the strongest team so far. The head coach said we have learned from our mistake and trying to improve the quality of the game by overcoming our weaknesses. We are taking all required steps to correct ourselves to show our best performance in the near future.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly name one of David de Gea or Nemanja Matic as the next captain once Michael Carrick hangs up his boots at the end of the season. The former England international has sparingly been used over the course of the campaign and he has recently announced that he would be retiring from the game in order to step into coaching with the Old Trafford outfit.
According to The Mirror, Mourinho has made up a two-man shortlist to replace Carrick as the next captain and this does not include Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador international has been the Red Devils’ skipper this season whenever Carrick has been absent but there are supposedly concerns over the right-back’s age which may restrict his participation for the club in the future. Continue reading Jose Mourinho Wants One Of David De Gea Or Nemanja Matic To Become Next Captain
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has hailed the impact of Scott McTominay, who has become a regular under Jose Mourinho in a short period of time. The 21-year-old had impressed the manager during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, and this saw him integrated into the first-team squad after making just two league appearances last term.
Since then, McTominay has been picked regularly in the match day squads, and he has found himself a regular over the past month amid the fitness concerns of Paul Pogba. The Anglo-Scot has come up with several promising performances during his period, but the best of the lot was against Liverpool, where he managed to command the midfield alongside Serbia international Matic.
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Serbia international Nemanja Matic believes Anthony Martial can still make a lot of progress in his professional career. The Frenchman has been in impressive touch since the turn of the year, and he has scored in three successive Premier League matches including the winner in the 1-0 triumph over Burnley last weekend.
In a report covered by The Manchester Evening News, Matic spoke positively about the showing of Martial despite the club seemingly on the cusp of signing Alexis Sanchez, he said: “Anthony is a great player as you know and he scored an important goal today. He is very important for our club, our team. He’s still young and can still improve. I’m sure he with help us a lot.”
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Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling has praised the consistent showing of Nemanja Matic since his move from Chelsea earlier in the summer. The Serbia international has been hailed for his ability to shield the backline while gaining a firm control at the heart of the midfield. Speaking on the United Review, Smalling said: “He can do everything. You want to give him the ball because he’s able to find the attacking players very quickly, but he’s also able to break things up and we couldn’t ask for anyone better in the middle.
“The fact he’s got good experience of the Premier League and Champions League is great for us and we were always confident it wouldn’t take him too long to settle in. But I think he’s definitely surpassed that because he’s been one of our main players and has been fit for every game which has been brilliant.”
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Serbia’s national team coach Slavoljub Muslin has claimed that Newcastle United forwardAleksandar Mitrovic appears to be happier while playing with the national team and other than under Rafa Benitez.
The Serbian was one of the big signings for Newcastle when he made the € 21 million switch from Anderlecht in the summer of 2015. However, he has been unable to make much of an impact at the club. In his first season at Newcastle, he came up with a return of nine goals in 34 league appearances and ended up saying the club getting relegated to the Championship.
He was expected to score more number of goals in the Championship due to the lower quality of opposition but this was not the case as he only came in with four goals from 25 appearances. It was clear that he had lost his first-team spot at Newcastle, as he featured in only 11 matches from the start. Rafa Benitez was not happy with the signing and it was starting to makeMitrovic’s life difficult at the club. Prior to coming to Newcastle,Mitrovic had scored 36 goals in two seasons withAnderlecht. Continue reading Mitrovic Likes Playing for National Team than Newcastle, Claims Muslin
Torino forward Adem Ljajic has been brought back into the national team forward of Serbia for the upcoming match with Ireland.
Serbia have been able to establish a sizeable advantage in the group D, as they have been top of the table ahead of the Republic of Ireland. Even though there is no points advantage for Slavoljub Muslin’s team, the goal difference over Ireland is a major positive going into the business end of the World Cup qualification process. Serbia only have to contend with four matches in order to reach the finals of the World Cup. The national team will regard this to be a major success.
Among the biggest challenges for Serbia would be Ireland, who are one of the opponents in the qualifying games in September. Muslin has decided to bring in a strong set up in order to overcome Ireland, and one of the names to feature in the squad is Torino forwardLjajic. The 25-year-old was a surprise omission from the squad despite being one of the quality options available for the manager. Continue reading Adem Ljajic Recalled to Serbia Squad for Ireland Test
Spain have qualified for the last four of the ongoing European Under-21 Championship after defeating Serbia by the slimmest of margins in Bydgoszcz.
The game started slow as the favourites took their time to settle into the encounter.
Serbia started well, remaining ambitious but Spain continued to control the game. After the first 38 minutes, Spain sealed their possession with a goal. Skipper Denis Suarez scored after combining with Alvaro Odriozola and Inaki Williams.
Spain seemed to calm as the game wore on, with Serbia struggling to trouble them. Serbia were out of the tournament in any case so the game proceeded on slowly.
Suarez tried getting another but keeper Manojlovic kept denying him. In the final ten minutes, Serbia sought for an equalizer for pride sake but the Spanish side fought them off. Eventually, Spain kept all nine points from the group stage as they look to appear in the final on Tuesday. Spain are set to play Italy – who defeated Germany 1-0 to lead their group.
The 1-0 scoreline is a controversial one as it helped Germany excel above Slovakia as best runners-up. Slovakia were behind England in Group A but their six points meant they would progress. However, the scoreline in the Italy-Germany game ended such hopes. Continue reading EURO U21: SPAIN QUALIFY FOR LAST FOUR