Susic hints changes in team for France

08 October 2011 06:35

Bosnia-Hercegovina coach Safet Susic on Saturday said he would select a different line-up for Tuesday's Euro 2012 Group D tabletopping decider with France than the one that thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday.

"It would be crazy to play France with the same team that played against Luxembourg on Friday," Susic told journalists.

"Certainly there will be changes in the squad."

Their win against Luxembourg secured the Bosnians a place in the play-offs at the very least and they need to beat France, who lead them by one point, to top the group.

"We will play with two defensive midfielders, which means that Adnan Zahirovic will be probably in the first team," he said in a reference to the Bosnian international currently playing for Russian side Spartak Nalchik.

Susic said he had also promised goalkeeper Kenan Hasagic he would start if he has recovered from injury.

"I am also thinking about Boris Pandza who should bring additional stability in our defensive line," Susic added referring to the 24-year-old Mechelen defender.

Susic, 56, spent a decade as a player in France with Paris Saint-Germain -- where he is considered one of their greatest ever players -- and later with another capital club, Red Star.

His target is to guide the former Yugoslav republic, which has been independent since 1992, to its first ever major finals.

Local media reported that the team will not lack support, as up to some 12,000 Bosnian fans are expected at the Stade de France.

Source: AFP