Savic: Montenegro need win

Montenegro defender Stefan Savic says his team do not deserve to go to the World Cup if they fail to win their Group H qualifier in Moldova on Friday night.

Last Updated: 21/03/13 at 15:51 Post Comment

Stefan Savic: Wants victory against Moldova

Stefan Savic: Wants victory against Moldova

The Montenegrins head into the match in Chisinau (kick-off 7.30pm GMT) leading the group by two points from England and know nothing less than three points are likely keep them on top with Roy Hodgson's men facing San Marino, the world's joint lowest ranked team, in Serravalle.

Friday night's matches are merely the warm-up to a bigger contest to come for both Montenegro and England next Tuesday, when the pacesetters meet in Podgorica for an encounter that will go a long way to deciding who tops the group come October.

Former Manchester City defender Savic is refusing to take Moldova lightly despite Montenegro being ranked 103 places higher on FIFA's list, but concedes the match is one that must be won if reaching Brazil in 2014 is to remain a realistic goal.

"If we can not beat Moldova, maybe we do not deserve to go to the World Cup," said Savic. "We need to go out there and take the points."

However, the Juventus player added: "This is a dangerous situation, we need to rise to it. The important thing is that we are aware it will not be easy.

"We have to stay concentrated. Maybe the hosts will not have a lot of attacks, but we must be ready at all times."

With snow in the forecast, it could prove to be a taxing 90 minutes for Montenegro on Friday night, and goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic is not underestimating the psychological value of a win ahead of England's visit next week.

"We are taking the upcoming match even more seriously than England, because we are aware that victory over Moldova will give us a lift," he said.

"With three points, we would welcome England full of confidence and ready to fight like lions."

England have been hit by a raft of defensive withdrawals ahead of their trip to San Marino, while the night's other Group H encounter sees Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland and Ukraine meet in Warsaw in a match where defeat for either would all but end their World Cup dreams.

Both sides have played a game fewer than the other teams in the group but have just one win between them to show for their efforts.

Poland have won one and drawn two of their three matches so far, while Ukraine have two draws and one defeat from the same number of matches and sit second-bottom.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

Footer 365

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Championship: Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City

Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City, with the option to extend for a further year.

Champions League: Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal will bounce back from Dortmund defeat

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes Arsene Wenger's men will bounce back from the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property