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Serbia coach Antic has true belief in his squad

Serbia boss Radomir Antic has complete faith and belief in his playing group as they chase a Round of 16 berth at the 2010 World Cup.

Ahead of Wednesday's (Thursday morning AEST) final Group D clash with Australia in Nelspruit, Antic can smell a moment of history on the horizon for his squad who are competing in their first World Cup since the country gained independence in 2006.

"We know that we have an opportunity of historic value," Antic said.

"I wouldn't like to put any extra ¬pressure on my boys by saying they have to win, but when I say I believe in them I mean it, quite truthfully.

"I try to have a balance in my team. I always want to play with a collective team spirit."

Antic added that Australia will prove to be a difficult opponent with the returning Tim Cahill and Josh Kennedy leading the strike line.

"Australia has a lot of potential and I can guess how they will play," he added.

"Tim Cahill will be playing as well and I expect Josh Kennedy to be in the starting line-up.

"The two games Australia played show they have a very solid team, a very strong team and I don't expect them to change the way they play."

Andrew Slevison
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