Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic will captain Serbia against Wales in Russia 2018 Wolrd Cup Qualifiers tonight.
The defender admits he is scared by Welsh skipper and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale:
“We have to play much much better than last time to get something from the game because Wales is a completely different team from that moment.”
Ivanovic scored Serbia’s fifth in their 6-1 demolition of Wales in their 2014 World Cup qualifying game in September 2012 and the ex Jugoslavia national team also won 3-0 the other game in Cardiff in 2013:
“Those kind of games happen may be once in 100 years. It’s very difficult to win against one team three times in a row even when the opponent is not that strong and you cannot say that about Wales,” the Chelsea defender said.
“I think he is the biggest name and biggest star in the Wales team. But I think Wales as a group have improved.
“The team have played a couple of years together to bring results and will, of course, be very difficult to stop Gareth Bale and the rest of the guys.”
“Bale has already scored three times in qualifying and is just three goals behind Ian Rush at the top of Wales’ all time top goal scorer list.”