Monday 23 September 2019

Matic prepares for 'hellish' Swiss battle

Serbia's Nemanja Matic. Photo: Getty Images
Serbia's Nemanja Matic. Photo: Getty Images newsdesk

Serbia are prepared for a "hellish" game against Switzerland, Nemanja Matic said yesterday, but the midfielder knows it would be nothing compared to the World Cup nightmare that would await them should they lose the Group E tie.

Following a win over Costa Rica in their opener, Serbia can clinch their knockout-round place by beating the Swiss tonight.

This would then spare them the terrifying prospect of needing a result in the their final group match against five-time world champions Brazil.

"Of course we are aware of the fact that if we win we will have progressed from the group and of course we will do our best for that to happen but you know we are facing a very good team," added Matic.

"The Swiss team have a lot of quality and we respect them.

"They have qualities throughout their squad, excellent individual players and team spirit.

"We expect a hellish game but we are going to be ready for anything."

Serbia, who embrace a physical style of play, promise to bring familiar aggression to the match, led by their Manchester United enforcer Matic.

"We are not going to give up our system and style of play," declared Mladen Krstajic, the Serbian coach.

"They will be aggressive and on top of their game."

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