March Monthly Review
was Red Star’s
most hectic month so far this season, due to them still competing on 3 fronts. However, despite the fatigue and lacklustre performances which are usually associated with periods of games such as these, many will say, with very good reason, that this has been Red Star’s most successful month. The first game was against Radnicki
in the league, where a very late Milos Ninkovic
goal got them the victory. Next came two legs against Zenit
, in a tie which they eventually won by another late goal in the first leg. In between these two ties came Red Star’s biggest win of the season, as they destroyed Javor
6-0 away from home. After comfortably ousting Spartak
, they had a double bill of games against Novi Pazar
, first in the cup, then in the league. Red Star won both encounters, to have yet another unbeaten month, but even more significantly, in all 8 games they played, they did not concede a single goal, despite coming up against some tough opposition.
After a perfect showing in the league this month, the side have increased their lead at the top to 16 points, with 10 games left of the season. Under a new manager, Vujadin Boskov
have surged up the table, and now occupy 4th place, as they hope to make a late push for the European spaces. With OFK Beograd
looking nearly certain to be relegated, it is between Donji, Napredak, Cukaricki
to see who will stave off the drop.Radnicki 1923
, who started the season so well, even leading the table at one point, have had progressively worse months, and slipped lower and lower down the table, now finding themselves in 9th. They could easily climb back up, with the middle of the table sides extremely close, with only 6 points separating 3rd to 11th.
Red Star players are still making a lot of noise, both in Europe and domestically, with many of their stars leading the stats charts. In the league, Filip Kasalica
is now on 17, way above his competition, and he should take home the Golden Boot easily. Onyilo
is doing well also for a primarily second choice striker. In terms of assists, Jagodina’s Milan Djuric
leads with 10, while Ninkovic is tied 2nd with 8. In the Europa League, Kasalica is also top, alongside Tottenham
striker Roberto Soldado
. Ninkovic leads the assists, again with 8. With Tottenham out of the competition, after they were beaten by Dynamo Kiev
, it leaves space for both of these players to end the competition at the top of the charts.
Player of the Month
While Kasalica and Ninkovic have both had great months, due to Red Star’s stunning defensive record during these games, this Player of the Month has to go to Darko Lazic
. The young centre back is one of Red Star’s brightest prospects, and so far this season, his performances have looked very exciting. Alongside Miguel Araujo
, he has looked very solid, and played especially well, against Javor and in the 2nd leg versus Zenit, where he came under a huge amount of pressure. With his good positioning and tackling, as well the speed in which he looks to be improving, Lazic has attracted attention from all across Europe, and in recent time in has been rumoured Feyenoord
are the latest club to be interested, but Red Star have already stated clearly that they won’t be selling him.