Serbia coach Radomir Antic has warned his team they will have play better than they have at any time before if they are to see off Germany at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth tomorrow.
Serbia lost 1-0 to Ghana in their opening game of the FIFA World Cup™ on Sunday, hours before Germany dismantled 10-man Australia, and they know that defeat in their second game would greatly diminish their hopes of remaining in the tournament after the group phase.
Antic was hugely impressed by the German performance, and knows his side will have to be much better. "Our opponent is the team which played the best game in the first part of this World Cup," he said.
I have tried as a coach to do whatever I could so that each of my players starts the game tomorrow in the best of his form.
"They played a very good quality game and, unfortunately, we lost in our first game. We are quite conscious of the fact that we didn't play at the level we are used to in the game against Ghana, and that game showed us that we have to be much more relaxed when we play tomorrow.
"We must not have any burden preventing us from reaching our goal and each player has to do better than he has done before. I am sure every player will manage to find the special energy needed to win against a very good opponent.
"I have tried as a coach to do whatever I could so that each of my players starts the game tomorrow in the best of his form."
Serbia will be forced to make at least one change to his team with defender Aleksandar Lukovic suspended following his dismissal against Ghana.
With the experienced Ivica Dragutinovic not having made the trip to South Africa because of an achilles injury, Lukovic's place will be taken by Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic, and Antic is confident the 21-year-old is up to the job.
"Subotic will be very motivated to play well. He is a good replacement for Lukovic. He will start the game - but don't ask me to tell you the other 10. We will see tomorrow."