Kolarov rubs Coleman's nose in crushing defeat before turning attentions to City clash with Stoke
22:19 GMT, 12 September 2012
Aleksandar Kolarov rubbed Wales' noses in it following the Red Dragons' six-goal defeat in Serbia – and then set his sights on making a real assault on the Champions League with Manchester City.
The defender opened his goalscoring account for his country with a delightful free-kick that sent Chris Coleman's charges hurtling towards their third heaviest defeat since 1930.
Kolarov had been urged to look after his own game by Coleman in the build-up.
Expected more: Aleksandar Kolarov says he was surprised at how poor Wales were
But Manchester City's left-back undoubtedly had the last laugh, leaving Wales' head coach struggling to contain his emotions during the post-match interviews.
Although he wasn't able to prevent Gareth Bale claiming a goal with a magnificent 30-yard free-kick, the 17million man said his club side were eager to get on with a clutch of matches against Stoke City, Real Madrid and Arsenal.
And he said that as champions of England, his club should not be overawed by a visit to the Bernebeu.
He said: 'We were quite surprised at how easy it was against Wales.
'We knew they would try to get the ball out to Bale and counter attack but we expected them to be difficult to break down. As it was we scored six and could have scored more.
'We expected a bit more from Wales
definitely but the main thing was for us to win at home. I was really
happy with my free-kick but I had two more I could have done better
Kolarov did not want
to look further than the next game which is at the Britannia Stadium
against the Potters on Saturday. But admitted that the fixture against
Real Madrid has whetted the appetite.
we have Stoke, of course,' he said, 'then we have Madrid and then
Arsenal so it’s a really big week for City. They will be three very
to do better in the Champions League and qualify but again we have been
given a really tough group. This time we need to start better than we
did last year.
Classy: The Serb scored a brilliant free-kick to put Serbia 1-0 up
Unacceptable: Chris Coleman, who had told Kolarov to mid his business before the game, was disappointed with Wales
'Of course, I hope Ronaldo is
playing. He is something different. Everyone knows about him, there’s
nothing much more that you can say about him.
a special player – along with Lionel Messi he is the best player in the
world. So to play against someone like that will be a big test. He
played for Man United too so he will want to score against us.
'But I’m confident because we will go to Madrid with confidence. It should be a great night for the club.
are the champions of England and they will know it will not be an easy
night for them as well. Everyone at Man City will look forward to going
Back to business: Roberto Mancini could select Kolarov to deputise at left-back as Manchester City face Stoke