Tuesday 25 July 2017

Bosnia Herzegovina's Begovic: 'We have the players to provide an attacking threat'

Football - Bosnia & Herzegovina Press Conference - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 15/11/15
Bosnia's Asmir Begovic during the press conference
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Football - Bosnia & Herzegovina Training - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 15/11/15 Bosnia's Asmir Begovic during training Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic
Football - Bosnia & Herzegovina Training - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 15/11/15 Bosnia's Asmir Begovic during training Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

John Fallon

ASMIR BEGOVIC reckons his Bosnia Herzegovina side can profit from the pressure on Ireland to deliver tomorrow in Dublin.

Although the 1-1 draw earned by Martin O’Neill’s side in Zenica means their mission rests only on avoiding defeat, the Chelsea goalkeeper believes the away team can secure their passage to next year’s European Championships by smashing Ireland’s unbeaten record in the campaign.

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Bosnia's Asmir Begovic during training
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“Things didn’t work out so well in the first leg for us but the atmosphere between the players about getting the results we need is very positive,” said the 28-year-old tonight before the team trained at Lansdowne Road.

“We can’t go all-out attack. It’s about finding the right balance between being compact and attack.

“The stadium will be full, Ireland’s fans will expect their team to win, so hopefully we can take advantage of that.

“We must concentrate on limiting our mistakes. Once we do that, we have the players to provide an attacking threat.

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Bosnia's Asmir Begovic arrives for the press conference
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“Of course, we know we have to score but we believe in ourselves to score and win.”

The former Stoke City goalkeeper admitted he will be briefing his teammates on how to counteract the returning Jonathan Walters.

“I know John well. He is a seasoned professional who has played in the Premier League for many years.

“But we’ll be ready for his qualities. I will speak to our defenders about Jon because I know him well.”

Football - Bosnia & Herzegovina Training - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 15/11/15
Bosnia's Asmir Begovic during training
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Football - Bosnia & Herzegovina Training - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 15/11/15 Bosnia's Asmir Begovic during training Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic

Manager Mehmed Bazdarevic will wait on a fitness update on right-back Mensur Mujdza before confirming his team.

Everton midfielder Muhammed Besic returns from suspension and is expected to replace Edin Cocalic who struggled in the home game.

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