There´s (even) more negative news in Serbia about their International players and this follows on from their 4-1 defeat against the Czech Republic on Friday night which turned out to be a rather pathetic performance from Serbia.
Following that game, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic even threatened to retire from International football because of the lack of professionalism of his team-mates.
Aleksandar Mitrovic at Newcastle
And then Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic – in what was thought to be a rather strenge defense of his team mate Mitrovic only made things worse by saying:
“Mitrovic always looks a bit sluggish and overweight.” “He needs a goal and support – he should not be criticised too much.”
Well Branislav – that really helped the situation – thanks for that.
As it turns out Mitro was criticized a year last summer when he returned to training at Anderlecht overweight – but he soon trimmed down to his fighting weight and a lot was made of that for a player who was just 19 years old at the time.
And the latest problem is that Mitro and three other players took a private jet immediately after the game last Friday to return to their homes to see their families before returning to their clubs – in Mitro´s case he had to return last Sunday to Tyneside.
And the next day it turns out there were only seven Serbian players remaining in their hotel.
But you also have to remember this was a friendly match and Serbia had just failed miserably to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals in France next year – so things were not too positive even before the game against the Czechs.
And dare we say it – it was two Chelsea players who spoke out after the game – and they are also under enormous pressure at club level.
And you can’t just blame the players all the time and a lot of this is simply a lack of leadership and discipline from the top – from the Serbian FA and from the coaches who are in charge of the team.
It´s part of their job to instill discipline and order into the national squad.
But our new striker seems to get into quite a bit of trouble – which seems to be part of his combative personality.
Serbian football is at a really low point at the moment and it looks like a new coach will be appointed soon to replace Radovan Curcic to get some order and pride back into the national squad.
Curcic replaced Dick Advocaat last November as the Serbia head coach.