The managers of Costa Rica and Serbia teams expressed enthusiasm and appreciation of their teams after the match.
Mladen Krstajic said he was very happy with the Serbian team capitalising on the game, and Oscar Ramirez still enthusiastic despite loss.
Krstajic was delighted at his team’s performance saying “My players had the right attitude and approach: unity. We had to be a compact unit in both defence and attack, and that’s most important.” Krstajic added: “I don’t deal with statistics. I don’t care what happened in the past. What’s most important for me is that we played as a team and we were focused. We have to be planted firmly on the ground and continue as a team”, as he looks forward at the next challenges to come in the tournament.
Ramirez set forth his views on the match saying: “I think it was a tight match. We should’ve capitalised on our opportunities like they did. We had our tactical plan in place and with the subs, we tried to attack them on the wings.” Ramirez added while keeping his team’s spirits high “we play against the second and sixth-placed teams in the FIFA Ranking. It’s going to be difficult, but I just told my team: This isn’t over.” Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the opening match of their Group E at Samara Arena on Sunday with only one goal scored by Serbia captain Aleksander Kolarov through a superb left-footed free-kick in the 56th minute.
Costa Rica and Serbia were drawn in a tough group along with five-time World Cup champion Brazil and Switzerland, as Serbia will face Switzerland and Costa Rica will take on Brazil both on Friday.
Source: Kuwait News Agency