Coleman: It's all about the team
International
11 June 2017

Coleman: It's all about the team

Chris Coleman insists his squad have what it takes to get a positive result as Wales prepare to face Serbia in Belgrade today (11 June). 

Serbia v Wales

2018 FIFA World Cup - European Qualifiers 

  • Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade
  • Sunday, 11 June, KO 19:45
  • Live coverage: Sky Sports, S4C, BBC Radio Wales/Cymru
  • Follow updates on FA Wales Twitter & Facebook

Coleman’s side head to the Rajko Mitic Stadium without several players through injury, while Gareth Bale misses the game through suspension.

Wales currently sit third in Group D, four points behind both Serbia and Republic of Ireland with five games to play in the race for a place at the World Cup.

And Coleman believes the players he has at his disposal are more than capable of getting the right result on Sunday.

“We’re used to it (withdrawals) – it’s international football,” he said. “But we have a strong squad and I’m really happy with the players we have with us.

“We have lots of new players in the squad and they have all been fantastic. We also have plenty of players with a lot of experience, so there’s no complaints from us.

“We’ve gone to Belgium (October 2013) without Gareth and got a result. He’s one of the best players in the world and any team would miss him.

“But you don’t win with one player, it’s all about the team. I know, and believe, we’ve got enough about us to get what we need on Sunday and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Wales have drawn their last four qualifying matches – including a 1-1 draw against Serbia in Cardiff back in November.

After leading thanks to Gareth Bale’s first-half goal, it looked like Wales would claim a crucial win but Aleksandar Mitrovic popped up to equalise for Serbia with just minutes remaining.

But Coleman refused to be drawn on whether Sunday’s game is make or break for his side.

“We should have beaten them at home,” he said. “Gareth hits the post when it could have been 2-0 and then they go up the other end and score. The margins are so small in football.

“But we are in with a chance and there’s still 15 points to play for. And one thing you can say about this group is they know how to put in a performance.”

WALES 1-1 SERBIA - 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
WALES 1-1 SERBIA - 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Meanwhile, captain Ashley Williams believes Sunday’s game is one that suits Wales, with a hostile atmosphere expected inside the 55,000-seater stadium.

“As a team, we live for these nights,” he said. “This is the kind of game we love, when we are up against it in another country.

“We are very resilient and that’s what we’ve been concentrating on. We’ll be making sure we all put in a big shift to get the result we all want.

“We’re still in a good position. It’s a big game against a tough team but we are preparing to win the game.”