Boško Janković believes it "is Serbia's year" after victory against Belgium set them up for an Under-21 final meeting with hosts and holders the Netherlands.
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Boško Janković believes it "is Serbia's year" after a 2-0 win against Belgium set them up for a UEFA European Under-21 Championship final meeting with hosts and holders the Netherlands on Saturday.
One of the most talented players in the tournament, the 23-year-old impressed again in Arnhem last night and is sure his side are on a collision course with glory, given their performances – as Serbia and Montenegro – in recent tournaments at this level. "In the last two tournaments, Serbia reached one final and one semi-final," he recalled. "I was involved in both tournaments. This is Serbia's time. This is Serbia's year. Serbia always play to win. This tournament is very important. This generation is very good. All the players are doing well, so I think we can win."
'They are the best'
The Jong Oranje struggled to eliminate England in the other semi-final, eventually prevailing 13-12 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but for Janković the hosts are still the stars of the final round so far. The RCD Mallorca right-winger said: "Reaching the final is very important for us because we are going to play against the Netherlands. To me they are not only a good team, they are the best team in the tournament so far and, who knows? Maybe we will win this game and the tournament."
Janković feels that Serbia have more to offer in the final after a reasonably comfortable win against Belgium. He said: "To me, it is no surprise that we reached the final. Belgium were not one of the favourites. Our objective was to win the game. Our next opponents will be much more difficult." However, he is sure that his side can step up another gear at the Euroborg. "Serbia can play even better than tonight," he said. "We have played well but we can do even better. This is a historic moment for Serbia. All the players are very happy about the qualification and want to win the championship."
The player was quick to praise coach Miroslav Djukić for his success in forging the Serbia side, of which Janković is among the most famous players. "Djukić was a great player but he is an even greater person," he said. "We all play for him. When I came here I was told I was the star of the team. I replied that every player in the team is a star. We play together. We are very well organised on the pitch. We have a great atmosphere in the team. All the players are always united, both on and off the field."