Mixed feelings for Serbians
Branislav Ivanovic says the mood in the Serbian camp is one of nerves and optimism.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 13/06/10 9:35am
Branislav Ivanovic has revealed the mood in the Serbian camp is one of nerves and optimism ahead of their World Cup opener against Ghana.
The Serbians kick-off their Group D campaign versus the Ghanaians at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.
Ivanovic is eagerly anticipating the clash as his country prepare for their first World Cup as an independent nation but admits he is also anxious.
He said: "It's the normal thing, we're feeling a little bit nervous before the start of the World Cup because for every player it's very important to play at the World Cup.
"We're feeling nervous but we're positive and I think we're ready."
Ivanovic also admitted it is a bonus that his side will not come up against his Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien, who is sidelined due to the knee and ankle injuries.
He added: "Mike is a fantastic player, and it's very difficult for him because he has two big injuries and he cannot take a risk but for us it's good of course that he can't play. For me I think he's one of the best midfielders in the world."