After one months winter break, Partizan squad is back in training.
Traditionally, players were first to visit Bel Medic Clinic for a run of blood tests, courtesy of Partizan sponsors Acibadem Clinic.
Over the first two days, squadsters also visited Vita Maksima medics for oxygen demand and heart ultrasound tests.
Official winter preps kick-off took place in Zemunelo camp.
Players were greeted by FK Partizan President Milorad Vucelic, Vice-President Vladimir Vuletic, board members Dragoljub Trailovic, Zoran Rajic and Nebojsa Petrovic, club`s assembly member Miroslav Curguz, General Director Milos Vazura, Sports Director Ivica Iliev and Head Coach Miroslav Djukic.
−Dear chaps, you are champions of this country, winners of a double crown. You deserved both those trophies and – knowing all of you – you look unbeatable to me. Basically, I can`t imagine anyone beating you! Please, be aware who you are playing for at all times. You know the saying “Others are supported, Partizan is loved”. Don`t look for excuses, don`t tell us you are fatigued due to involvement in three competitions. This winter preps are there for you not to be tired. Be diligent and determined, said club`s President Milorad Vucelic.
Head Coach Miroslav Djukic:
− I expect us to play much better compared to first part of the season. Players now know what is expected of them, we just need to repeat all the tasks. They must play more simple and more paceful game and I believe they have capacity to make things better.
We have a team here and if anyone is to depart it`s not a problem. We showed during the season we can do our job. If needed, we`ll sign more players in certain areas we might need to strengthen our squad.
We need to have a system, to play European competitions every season. We also have to introduce our youngsters and sign two or three players who can make a difference.
33 players showed up at Zemunelo camp for a winter preps kick-off:
– Vladimir Stojković, Marko Jovičić, Nemanja Stevanović, Jovan Trnić, Svetozar Marković, Filip Jović, Strahinja Bošnjak, Bojan Ostojić, Milan Mitrović, Miroslav Vuličević, Luka Cucin, Dušan Vlahović, Nemanja G Miletić, Nemanja R Miletić, Slobodan Urošević, Nemanja Antonov, Tošić, Strahinja Jovanović, Everton Luiz, Nebojša Kosović, Jovan Nišić, Marko Jevtović, Milan Radin, Saša Ilić, Armin Đerlek, Seydouba Soumah, Danilo Pantić, Veljko Birmančević, Ognjen Ožegović, Vladimir Đilas, Leandre Tawamba, Marko Janković, Đorđe Jovanović.
Miroslav Djukic. Team will train in Zemunelo until 24th of January followed by a move to LImassol, Cyprus. Squad will be based at Royal Apolonia Beach Hotel while training sessions will be staged at near-by training ground.
Squad will be back in Belgrade on 9th of February.
While in Cyprus, Partizan will play 6 friendlies:
27th of January – Gornik Zabrze (Poland)
29th of January – Slovan Liberec (Slovakia)
1st of February – Zirka Kropyvnytskyi (Ukraine)
3rd of February – Teplice (Czech Republic)
6th of February – Liepaja (Latvia)
8th of February – Shakhter Soligorsk (Belorussia)
Partizan restarts the season on 15th of February hosting Viktoria Plzen for a Europa League round of 32 tie.