On Sunday at 6 p.m. Austria will meet North Macedonia for the EURO opener. In contrast to other nations, the ÖFB team has so far been spared corona infections. If Aleksandar Dragovic has his way, it should stay that way.
“We are shielded, the officials have done everything brilliantly that we are in a bubble,” explains Dragovic at a media meeting. “Of course there was a brief danger with the day off, but everyone was careful. For anyone who would have gotten Corona, it would be the greatest punishment. It was important that we and the family could switch off again so that we could for the first three group games are fully there. “
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Even if North Macedonia sounds inconspicuous, the underdog was able to defeat Germany away from home in the World Cup qualification and only had to admit defeat to Romania 2: 3. Liechtenstein sniffed North Macedonia 5-0.
The most prominent players in the squad are undoubtedly Eljif Elmas from SSC Napoli, Enis Bardhi from Levante and Genoa's veteran striker Goran Pandev. Dragovic especially warns of Pandev.
Dragovic: Pandev is “extremely dangerous”
“We don't need to talk about the fact that he is a world-class star. He had his glorious time at Inter Milan, now he's always good for a goal at Genoa. He's extremely dangerous in front of goal, even if he's not that anymore The fastest is. He has a nose for it, so we have to defend as a team, “said Dragovic.
The 37-year-old scored seven times for Genoa FC last season, and his trophy cabinet includes the Champions League trophy.
It is not clear who will storm Austria on Sunday. Whether only Marko Arnautovic, or Arnautovic with Sasa Kalajdzic in the storm duo is open.
In any case, Dragovic does not want to interfere in this discussion and praises both attackers: “Everyone has their qualities, both are dangerous for goals.” Overall, the team performance would be in the foreground: “If we only have eleven egoists on the pitch, we won't get very far. The key is that the team harmonizes well and everyone is there for the other.”