The “A” National Team of Serbia will play its first match in the UEFA Nations League – B Group against Russia on Thursday (20:45h) in Moscow, and just before the last training session of the team at the FC “Dinamo” stadium, the Head Coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic and the forward of FC Rubin, Kazan, Djordje Despotovic answered the questions of journalists at a video conference.
The Russian journalists wanted to know how Ljubisa Tumbakovic would assess our players and their readiness for the first match in this year?
– It’s a philosophical question. As coaches, we have an insight into their level of physical preparation only when they come to the preparation period of the National Team. Most of them are currently in the preparation period – said the Head Coach of the National Team of Serbia.
What are the qualities, strengths, but also the weaknesses of the National Team of Russia?
– The National Team of Russia is very good and they showed its quality at the World Cup. They have good Team chemistry, experience, players who are in their mature, beautiful years. They are certainly one of the best National Teams at the moment.
Djordje Despotovic expects his debut in the best national team, he was now along with the Head Coach, Ljubisa Tumbakovic and also as a “host” as he plays well for FC “Rubin” Kazan.
– Of course, I will be satisfied to make my debut in Russia, the country where I have been playing for a long time. After having played for FC “Orenburg”, I had a period of three months without a club and then I signed for FC “Rubin” Kazan, I recently scored two goals, so I have to be satisfied with my matches – said Djordje Despotovic.
Do you expect to be the part of the National Team of Serbia from the Kick-off, i.e. do you have the advantage of knowing all the players of the National Team of Russia and playing with them in the Russian National Championship?
-Everyone of us will have the opportunity to show the skills. I know all the players; We all want to do our best at this moment. I think that the National Team of Russia is in good shape, but we are also fresh, willing to play, prove ourselves and to achieve a good result – said the Forward of FC “Rubin” Kazan.