Serbia defender Tosic cautions team against over-confidence

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Saransk (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Serbia defender Dusko Tosic said on Wednesday that his national team is facing a must-win match against Switzerland, and cautioned against overconfidence after beating Costa Rica 1-0 in their debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Serbia is currently first in Group E, and a victory against Switzerland on Friday will seal their qualification for the round of 16, taking much of the pressure off their final duel of the group stage against Brazil, reports Efe.

Tosic called it a historic situation, but insisted that that the Serbian squad has celebrated enough and must focus on their Swiss opponents, who tied Brazil 1-1 on Sunday.

“We have studied them and the most attention must be paid to (forward Haris) Seferovic, (midfielder Steven) Zuber and (right winger Xherdan) Shaqiri. They’ve been playing together for several years and are very close,” Tosic explained.

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The 33-year-old Guangzhou defender stressed that the next match is an opportunity that Serbia cannot afford to miss, and that the way forward is to play at the same high level they showed against Costa Rica, especially with a strong defence.

–IANS

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