Serbia Jittery Over Physical Eagles
Serbia coach, Mladena Krstajic says his team will have to raise their game to overcome a physical battle against Nigeria in their friendly match at The Hive Stadium in London on Tuesday, but believes they can play themselves to victory.
Serbia lost 2-1 to Morocco in their Russia 2018 World Cup preparatory fixture at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin on Friday, and unhappy Eagles manager Krstajic has told his charges to go out there and beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Nigeria put Poland to the sword after Victor Moses converted a penalty in their World Cup warm-up clash at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw on Friday.
Krstajic will look to adopt a familiar 4-3-3 formation for today’s game with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic or PAOK’s Aleksandar Prijovic leading the scorer of the team’s only goal against Morocco Dusan Tadic and Filip Kostic in the attack.
Nigeria's coach, Gernot Rohr is likely to stick with the 4-4-1-1 formation which helped his team to nullify the threat of Poland’s Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski, West Brom midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek against Serbia in London.
Former Werder Bremen defender Krstajic, who is desperate for a win to instil confidence in his team ahead of Russia 2018, urged them to go all out for a win.
“Nigeria have a solid team with many of the players playing for European clubs,” HotSport.rs quoted the former Schalke 04 star as saying on Monday.
“I expect a good reaction from our players and I think with good concentration, we can achieve a good result.
“I repeat, the most important thing is the result, everything else is irrelevant.”
He added, “Nigeria have a lot of good players, we expect a very tough game, physically very demanding. So, we must prepare well and make everything look better than against Morocco.”
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