We don't fear you! Serbia star Tosic sends out warning to Scotland
01:12 GMT, 6 September 2012
Serbia's footballers arrive in Scotland on Thursday night ready for battle and with one message to Craig Levein and his squad: 'We're not scared of you.'
The talk this week within the Scotland camp of a typically physical and passionate approach to the game has filtered back to Saturday's opponents.
And 10million-rated winger Zoran Tosic told Sportsmail he and his team-mates are ready for anything Scotland throw at them.
Main man: Zoran Tosic (right) will pose a threat to Scotland on Saturday
The 25-year-old from CSKA Moscow was highlighted in a dossier compiled by Mick Oliver, Levein's chief scout, as a man Scotland must stop if they are to claim three vital points in Saturday's opening World Cup qualifier.
That didn't surprise Tosic, once of Manchester United, who is adamant he will not be deterred by any man-marking or physical approach from the Scottish defence.
'I was expecting to be singled out as I am the attacking player who has played the most games and scored the most goals,’ Tosic said. ‘It is normal. I’m sure all the Scotland players will give 100 per cent in the atmosphere at Hampden Park — and I am sure they will try to close down our players and try to make sure there is no space.
‘But I am used to that in my career. People can make tackles to try to scare you, but I have a lot of experience in dealing with that.
‘It is not just about me. We have a lot of other players who can pose a threat. But, from my point of view, I know my quality and will do my best to help the team. I will be trying to influence the game.’
Serbia remain confident they can
start the qualifying campaign with a win at Hampden and defender Milan
Bisevac insisted his side have the defensive might to shut out Scotland.
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The Lyon star forms part of an embarrassment of riches in that department of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s squad, alongside the likes of Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund stalwart Neven Subotic and Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov and Matija Nastasic.
Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic has retired from international football, but Bisevac believes they have ample strength to cope.
‘Everything depends on our game. It will not be easy for us in Scotland as we expect our opponents to be aggressive,’ he said.
‘But it’s very important for us to have a good start to qualification and winning at Hampden will give us more power for the future.
‘The defensive unit and organisation is the base of our team. It will be good to continue that attitude because we were good with Nemanja and we don’t want that to change now that he has left the squad.’
Former Blackburn midfielder Radosav Petrovic revealed he has been badgering Colin Hendry for information about Scotland. Petrovic ended a 12-month stint at Ewood Park to join Turkish side Genclerbirligi last month, but crossed paths with ex-Scotland defender Hendry after he was named as Rovers first-team coach this summer.
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‘When I played for Blackburn and we found out we were in a group with Scotland, I spoke several times with Hendry,’ said Petrovic.
‘He argued with me that it would not be an easy game for us. He told me that the supporters are very passionate and can help them win any game.
‘But I know we are fully prepared for this game. We won’t return from Scotland with a defeat.’
While confident in his side’s ability, Tosic did offer a note of caution, however, and is respectful of the danger Levein’s side will pose in the group opener.
‘Scotland will have so much heart, especially in front of their fans at home,’ he said. ‘Support like that makes you believe you can achieve anything.
‘This group is different to any other. There are no easy games, no lesser teams. There is little difference in the quality. ‘That means it’s difficult to tell what will be a good result from each game. I think only Spain have won in Glasgow recently, so that tells you something.
‘I know we will face a British-style game. In the qualifiers for Euro 2012, we played two games against Northern Ireland and won both. Hopefully, we can achieve these results again.’