Serbia midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic is refusing to contemplate 2010 FIFA World Cup™ failure ahead of the team's final warm-up friendly against Poland tomorrow.
Radomir Antic's side went down to a surprising 1-0 defeat to New Zealand in Klagenfurt, Austria, on Saturday, and will look to boost confidence by returning to winning ways against the Poles in Kufstein.
The 22-year-old Stuttgart man said: "Never before the games - we will not think about the possibility of complete failure. In particular, it is not the time to deal with this [questions about failure] now that we are preparing to play in the World Cup."
The defeat to New Zealand has changed absolutely nothing in our mood or work. Everything is still at the highest level with a true desire to be in South Africa.
The All Whites, ranked 63 places below Serbia, have been labelled by many as one of the weakest teams at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, but Kuzmanovic played down the loss.
"These are the preliminary games," he said. "They are used to detect errors and to remove them in time. The defeat to New Zealand has changed absolutely nothing in our mood or work. Everything is still at the highest level with a true desire to be in South Africa."
Serbia face Australia, Germany and Ghana in Group D in South Africa.