Razvan Lucescu: ‘Higher pressure on Bosnia’

Just days ahead of the important EURO 2012 qualifiers fixture against Bosnia, head coach Razvan Lucescu is trying to calm Romania’s fans, the latter still waiting for the team’s first victory in this campaign.

“We have to go to Bosnia to obtain a positive result. There is higher pressure on Bosnia because it plays at home and it has to win. We want to win this game. (…) This is the first time when only one player is unavailable and the others have obtained important performances at their clubs in the last 3-4 weeks,” Razvan Lucescu stated for In their turn, Dan Alexa (FC Timisoara) and Dorin Goian (Palermo) are optimistic ahead of Saturday’s game against Bosnia, especially against the backdrop of Mutu’s return at the national team. “I want to play, to be able to help the team. I’m not making a goal out of scoring. If he calls on me I’ll try not to let him down. They have good players that play in Europe and are part of their teams’ starting line-ups. I see Mutu as being highly motivated, he’s a very important player for the national team,” Dan Alexa said. “We have to play as a team, not to expect everything from Mutu. Judging by the way I sensed the boys I’m sure we will play a great game on Saturday. I saw them all more focused, there’s a positive atmosphere ahead of the game against Bosnia,” Dorin Goian stated.

In his turn, during a press conference that took place yesterday in Bucharest, Adrian Mutu expressed his optimism in view of Saturday’s game: “Bosnia doesn’t look like the strong team that is described. France is the group’s best team and Romania is second-best. (…) I don’t know whether this will be the final qualifiers for me. I’ll stay at the national team’s disposal for as long as I can play decently. I hope I’ll score and I’ll help Romania.”

Romania will play without Al Hilal’s Mirel Radoi, a player that refuses to return to the national team as long as general director of the Romanian Football Fede­ration Ionut Lupescu is part of its staff, informs. Mirel Radoi announced his retirement from the national team following the 0-2 defeat that Romania suffered at the hands of France, arguing he was offended by Ionut Lupescu’s criticisms.

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