Serbs looking to jell at Bloomfield tonight
Serbia coach Vladimir Petrovic wants to use today's friendly to make sure his team is just that.
"The result of the game against Israel is less important," Petrovic told a pre-match press conference yesterday. "It's important to meet, to work together, to talk with each other. Our aim is to play well and prepare for the games against Northern Ireland and Estonia at the end of March. Israel is a strong rival, with quite a few players from respected European clubs. I've watched a recording of Israel's game against Croatia several times - a game that Israel did not deserve to lose. They play a 3-5-2 system that is not considered useful nowadays in Europe, but in any case, it's a good team that presses forward in the first quarter of an hour, and we have to be ready for that."
Petrovic hinted that he intends to try out a new player - Dimitrije Injac, who plays for Polish club Lech Poznan, and possibly put him in the opening lineup. Serbia's star player, Milos Krasic of Italian giant Juventus, said he was excited to captain the national team for the first time.
"We will try to play positive soccer against a good team. We have six qualifying games for Euro 2012 ahead of us, and winning them will put Serbia in at least second place in our qualifying group," he said.
Krasic declined to comment on the events of Serbia's Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy in Genoa last October, which was abandoned after seven minutes when Serbian supporters threw flares on to the pitch and into the home supporters' section - a decision that led to Serbia suffering a technical defeat.
"What was, was. We've had many conversations on the matter, and I prefer to look forward and concentrate on soccer," he said.