Coach Mihailo Ivanović led FK Budućnost Podgorica to a Montenegrin landmark eighth successive victory this month, but maintained "football is not about records, it's about titles".
A 4-2 win at FK Zeta on 8 November meant Budućnost extended the longest winning streak in the brief history of independent Montenegrin football to two ahead the previous record of six they shared with Zeta and FK Mogren. "It's always nice to be in the record books," said Ivanović. "But it won't mean much if we don't win the most important thing – the Montenegrin title".
The capital side top the Prva Liga table at the moment, but given the rough ride he endured at the start of his spell at Budućnost, the Serbian coach, 57, is wary of getting overexcited. Eliminated from the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round by KSP Polonia Warszawa, his side lost two of their first five league games, and he threatened to leave the club "if Budućnost lose one more game".
Ivanović explained: "To be honest, I didn't expect that we would have so many problems at the beginning of the season. I was also surprised by the standard of Montenegrin football. I am not saying that it is at the top level, but it's better that I thought. What surprised me the most is that Rudar have just two points fewer than us, even though we have forgotten when we last dropped a point."
Charged on his arrival in June with earning the club a second title and improving their European performances, Ivanović said: "We are taking it step by step. We are in a good position but the road to the title is full of obstacles. But we must look to the future as we want to be competitive in Europe. We have to be faster, more aggressive, so we have a plan for the winter transfer market."
The former FK Smederevo, FK Voždovac, FK Rad and OFK Beograd coach is eager "to start to build a stronger team as soon as possible", but added: "Montenegro has always had great talents. One of them now is our midfielder Ivan Vuković, who could be successful in much stronger leagues than this, but we need experience and proven quality if we want to do more than just participate in European competitions."
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