Milonovitch: "Maccabi Haifa is certainly better than any team we met this season"
The veteran defender of Red Star Belgrade was flattered ahead of the meeting on Wednesday: "A disciplined team with quality players and a modern coach. We are expecting a European delicacy, every player loves such games"
Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 06:45
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Summary of Maccabi Haifa's 0:4 over Olympiakos in Greece (Sport1)
Like Maccabi Haifa, the Red Star Belgrade is also very excited for the first match between the teams as part of the playoffs for promotion to the group stage of the Champions League.
The Serbs will hold the final training session in Belgrade today (Tuesday) and only after that will they board the flight to Israel, with their press conference in Haifa at 21:00.
Veteran defender Nemanja Milonovich, who was a partner in Red Star's previous campaign in the Champions League and returned this summer after a year in exile in Turkey, said: "The games we've had so far definitely give us confidence and optimism, but Maccabi Haifa is definitely better than any other team we've met this season. This A disciplined team with quality players who know how to get into the box and a coach who insists on modern football. A real European delicacy awaits us. This is one of the most important games we will have this season."
He has already experienced the group stage.
Nemanja Milonovic against Harry Kane in the Champions League in November 2019 (Photo: Reuters)
The 33-year-old brakeman continued: "Every player loves games like this and it's a special feeling to play them with the Red Star shirt. As soon as I ran again in Markana, a familiar feeling came over me and I felt as if I had never left. On Wednesday we have a new battle and we are ready for it, there is no Doubt about that."
Milonovitch also said: "We want to get a good result in Haifa and then in Markana the real show will come. We heard that there will be a full stadium in Haifa as well, but there is no way that anything will compare to the atmosphere created by our fans. We are excited for the home game, but we don't get carried away because we understand that first we have to prove ourselves in Haifa. After that we will think about the reciprocity."
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