Serbia Captain Infers Mitrovic Can Become Great Under Benitez

Newcastle fans really enjoyed it last night when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the dramatic equalizer in Cardiff to get a 1-1 draw for Serbia, after it has looked like a first half Gareth Bale goal would give Wales all 3 points.

But it wasn’t to be and after he scored Mitro rushed over to the sidelines to celebrate with the coaches – he was the hero of Serbia last night.

We should also say he had control of himself last night during the game, where he didn’t get much service, but when he got one chance late in the game – like any good striker – he took it.


Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates his late goal

Chelsea full-back and Serbia captain Branislav Ivanovic was happy with the point, since Serbia remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying  Group D with 8 points.

The Chelsea defender played under Benitez in 2013, when Rafa took them on to win the Europa League after he was famously only the  “interim” manager of the club, after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 in the final and Benfica was the team who had eliminated Newcastle in the competition.

After the game last night Ivanovic praised Mitrovic for his late goal and also complimented Rafa Benitez, who he thinks can make Mitro into a top player.

This is what Branislav said about Mitro:

“He can improve a lot and we hope so, because as a country we need that leader up front,”

“He has a great manager who is good with young talent. He can learn every day, he just needs to be strong.”

Serbia are second to the Republic of Ireland in Group D, and Martin O’Neill’s side had a famous 1-0 win in Austria yesterday – their first win against that country in a long 53 years.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far


    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    One of the few enjoyable things about the game

  • Ruvio

    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    He doesn’t infer. He implies, you infer from his implication.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 14, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Ruvio –

    OMG – you are going to be very busy if you intent to
    pick up on such grammatical errors.
    Not saying your wrong, in principle, but . . .

    Ivanovic ‘states’ his opinion – he doesn’t imply.

    Ed doesn’t imply or infer anything – he merely repeats
    what has been said.

    I don’t think this blog needs a resident pedant on grammar.
    There are enough pedants on other matters!


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