Thursday, March 30, 2023

FIFA World Cup: Serbia hoping for holes in Swiss defences, like of their cheese – Stojkovic

Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic hopes to search out holes in Switzerland’s defences, like of their well-known cheese, once they meet of their ultimate World Cup Group G recreation as they bid to qualify for the knockout levels for the primary time.

Backside facet Serbia sit two factors behind second-placed Switzerland and should win to have any hope of progressing to the final 16, whereas the Swiss would wish solely a draw if Cameroon don’t beat Brazil.

Requested if Serbia could be up in opposition to a Swiss facet that ticked over with the precision of their well-known watches, Stojkovic mentioned on Thursday he would fairly evaluate them to Swiss cheese and exploit the “holes”.

“We’d really like to talk about their cheese and find their weak spots – the holes – to get the result we aspire to,” Stojkovic advised reporters forward of Friday’s recreation at Stadium 974.

“We knew after the (group stage) draw was held that Brazil is an entirely different dimension and we would be fighting for second place with Cameroon and Switzerland. These forecasts brought us to this point.

“We knew the match with Switzerland would be of major importance as the last one in the group, and this is what we’re now faced with… We’ve witnessed a lot of surprises at this World Cup, but we will be ready.”

Serbia performed the primary two group video games with simply Aleksandar Mitrovic spearheading the assault. Stojkovic mentioned Dusan Vlahovic is match however wouldn’t affirm if the Juventus ahead could be named within the beginning lineup alongside Mitrovic.

“Vlahovic is ready for the match and his physical state is a lot better than it was when we came to Doha. He could start tomorrow but I cannot share this with you today,” Stojkovic mentioned.

“As for the formation, we will see tomorrow. One, two or three attackers – all options are on the table. Whatever we decide, they have to play together as a team. Since I became head coach, it has always been about team spirit.

“We’ve been working together on tactics… not only in terms of attack but also the defence to avoid the mistakes that cost us the win (against Cameroon in a 3-3 draw).”

Mitrovic appeared off the tempo of their group opener in opposition to Brazil after he arrived in Qatar nursing an ankle harm. However he scored in opposition to Cameroon and the Fulham striker mentioned he was “physically fit”.

“I believe in the first match against Brazil, physically I was fit but it was a difficult match against a top quality rival and we were under pressure,” Mitrovic mentioned.

“I feel really well, just like the entire team. We can’t wait for tomorrow’s match.”

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