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Luka: Quality Through The Team

23 April 2017

Luka Milivojevic joined the club for the crucial final five months of the season when he joined on deadline day and has been impressed with the strength all around the pitch within his new side.

“We have very good organisation defensively and also a lot of quality in the team going forward when our players are on the ball and I think a major strong point for us at the moment is the organisation within the team. 
“In my position on the field I am between the defensive and the attacking side of our play and my role is to give balance to the team and I am feeling comfortable with how I have settled in the side with the way things have started for me at Palace.”

The 26 year old midfielder is delighted to be playing in the Premier League and feels that Sam Allardyce can guide this squad to safety. 

"I wanted to make a step to play in the best league in the world and when I saw the squad I said: 'I want to play with these players, I'm sure with these we cannot be relegated.' That's what decided it for me. I think I made a good decision. 
"He (the manager) did a lot of things for the team, not only for me, but he likes to have very good organisation on the field to stay compact. He likes the gap between lines to be short.”

The recent crucial London derby victory against Arsenal has helped move the Eagles outside the bottom three and Luka in that game scored his first goal for the club but praise from him from the night is reserved for striker Christian Benteke. 

“Against Arsenal he may not have been on the score sheet but for me he was one of the best players on the field because all three goals came from situations where he has won his duel with an opponent, he did such a good job for us on the night.  He just needs to continue to play like that, he scores goals but also in games he is one of those strikers that doesn’t just think about himself but also works for his team mates and he helps create space for others that leads to opportunities for the team to score."

He is the first to admit that the challenge to stay up is not won until the club are mathematically safe but one thing he is aware of is the way the team as one will fight for each other until the final whistle of the season. 

“From our squad we always have eleven players on the field who go out and work for the team and that for me in a game is crucial, I don’t like players who just think about themselves as I know the important thing is for everyone to work together. It's about the players on the pitch and those from the bench being together and one group.  When I arrived we were in a really difficult situation and the biggest priority for us all was to get out of that situation and we are now really close to reaching that target. If we can achieve that it will give us all confidence and we will have a lot of time to prepare in the right way for next season."

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