“The championship ended 10 days before this game against Bosnia, that’s why we met so early. I didn’t want to risk having some of the players out of touch. Although we’re going to be 14 people, it’s good to work together, to properly prepare next week’s game,” national team head coach Razvan Lucescu stated. Lately there have been rumors about the head coach’s imminent resignation.
“Cristi Chivu has retired, I’m sorry he took that decision, he’s a huge player. I respect his decision. He was the national team’s skipper during the two years I spent at its helm. It’s a great loss, just as Mirel Radoi’s retirement was. I had him as a pupil at Rapid, he honours Romanian football. Likewise, I would like to congratulate Dorinel Munteanu for the title he won with Otelul. I never considered the option of not being on the coaching bench during the game against Bosnia, those were false rumors. I believe a positive atmosphere can help out the players. The game against Bosnia is decisive. If we don’t win we won’t have any chances to qualify, however, if we win our chances will remain intact,” Lucescu concluded.