World Cup 2010: Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic primed for South Africa

02 June 2010 12:34
Serbia are being tipped as a potential surprise package at the World Cup having taken full advantage of France's troubles to top their qualifying group, and have high hopes of making it out of a tough Group D, where they will battle it out with Australia, Germany and Ghana. [LNB]But Chelsea's Ivanovic knows there is little margin for error with the stakes so high. [LNB]Equatorial Guinea hit by Dogs of War attackWe must treat China as a friend and ally in this financial crisisHe told his club's official website, "We qualified in first position ahead of France, which was very good for us. [LNB]"We did a lot of good things and we have to continue to play like we did in the qualifiers. [LNB]"But of course, the World Cup is completely different to the qualifiers. If you make a mistake, it is very difficult. [LNB]"Every game is like a final in the World Cup and we have to remember this when we play."[LNB]Serbia face Poland in a warm-up game this evening as they prepare for their first World Cup as a country in their own right. [LNB]Ivanovic said: "It is our first one as Serbia, and my first one. It is a pleasure and it makes me proud to play in a World Cup, as it is for any player. [LNB]"It is a special thing to play for your country and to represent them in a World Cup is the dream of every player. Every one of us is happy with this."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph