Montenegro coach wants players to do more to beat England

As Montenegro plans to engage England on Monday for Euro 2020 qualifier, the head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic admits he has not seen any error that his side can take advantage of during the match.

Podgorica will host The Three Lions on Monday night for their second Euro 2020 qualifier after they disgraced the Czech Republic with 5-0.

Serbia v Montenegro - UEFA Nations League C
BELGRADE, SERBIA – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic (C) looks on prior the UEFA Nations League C group four match between Serbia and Montenegro at stadium Rajko Mitic on November 17, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Montenegro however, has encountered England four times in which they lost one and had a draw for the other three and when asked if he sees any weaknesses in the England squad, Montenegro coach replied via ITV:

“I’m really trying but I can’t.

“We in the coaching team who deal with the players are realistic.

“Things that happen in the past are just nice results for Montenegro, tomorrow we will play a match with totally different players, new coaches, with different capabilities and different ideas from both teams.”

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Tumbakovic was pleased with how Montenegro started their Group A campaign with a draw in Bulgaria but thinks his team needs to add more performance to be able to defeat England come Monday.

Serbia v Montenegro - UEFA Nations League C
BELGRADE, SERBIA – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic (C) of Montenegro reacts during the UEFA Nations League C group four match between Serbia and Montenegro at stadium Rajko Mitic on November 17, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

“The importance of the start of the qualifiers, the first game, brings its own importance, its own responsibilities,” he added.

“Because of that there were special nerves in the players from both national teams, that is why there was a lack of quality that would have made that game even more beautiful than it was.

“Our performance in the second half was a lot better but still far away from the quality of football Montenegro can show in this competition.

“That is why I do believe this second game will be at a higher level than the first one – the model and the way the (England) national team plays is something special.”

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