It seems our boy Aleksandar Mitrovic is taking some criticism while he is on duty for Serbia during this International break.
Serbia played the Czech Republic last night and they lost 4-1 in Ostrava and the performance was not good.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in Serbian colors
The friendly game doesn’t seem to mean much to the Serbian players since they failed miserably to qualify for the finals of Euro 2016 in France next summer whereas the Czech Republic won Group A with 22 points ans easily qualified with 22 points from 10 games.
Serbia finished second bottom of Group I with just 4 points (2 wins and a draw) from their eight qualifying games but they had 3 points deducted for the postponed game against Albania – although they were awarded a 3-0 win.
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was not happy with the display of his country last night and is said to be considering his International future.
This is some of what he said after the game to the Serbian media:
“I always try to lead by example but some people don’t want to see that.” “The attitude of some players is unacceptable, not just on the pitch but off it too, and it was obvious from the moment we got together on Monday.
“I told our coach Radovan Curcic there is no point in me carrying on with the national team if things don’t change.” “I’d really like to know whether some of my teammates apply the same poor working ethic at their clubs as they do in the national team most of the time.
“When our personal reputations were on the line we did everything right.” “But I’d really like to know whether some of my team mates apply the same poor working ethic at their clubs as they do in the national team most of the time.””
Serbia’s Managing Director Savo Milosevic agreed with Matic about the poor attitude of the players and thinks himself and coach Curcic may have to pay the price for that:
“Reading between the lines of Curcic’ statements after the Czech game, one could see that he is on the brink of stepping down and I am in the same boat with him.”
“I have asked for support and patience from the players in the past eight months but their lack of commitment is quite simply indefensible.”
So there you have it – it’s all the players’ fault.
And although Matic doesn’t name Mitrovic – the reports are that Aleksandar is one of the players that Matic is complaining about and it’s interesting the Newcastle striker was not involved in the game at all last night and wasn’t even on the bench.
It’s obvious there are problems with the Serbian squad and it’s also true they have some very good players, but they are just not performing at the level they should be on the International stage.