VIDEO: Algeria coach labels Belgium defenders 'Skodas'

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Vahid Halilhodzic turned down the hype on Belgium as the clear favourites in Group H ahead of their match in Belo Horizonte.

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic says that Belgium have 'Skodas' as well as 'Ferraris' ahead of their opening World Cup Group H clash.

In a bizarre press conference, the Bosnian said that his Algerian side are resigned to 'suffering' throughout the World Cup, and that they want the sympathy of the Brazilian fans.

"The Belgian defence, they're not all Ferraris either you know, they have some Skodas there too," the 61-year-old said.

"We are going to suffer, we know that already. We are going to suffer at all levels so I'm telling the boys 'your suffering must be at the highest level if you want to achieve something."

He added: "I know that Brazil likes showcasing football and we are really going to do whatever we can to win the sympathy of the Brazilian people that are the football genius for everyone."

Drawn in one of the weaker groups in the tournament, Algeria have a chance to qualify for the knockout stages. Belgium, tipped by so many as dark horses in this World Cup, are frontrunners in Group H, but Halilhodzic's men will certainly consider games against South Korea and Russia winnable.

At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Algerians faced a similar challenge. They were drawn then with England, who were clear favourites to win that group, the USA and Slovenia.

The North Africans put in some relatively good performances four years ago, most notably drawing 0-0 with England, but ultimately finished bottom of the group. They will be hoping for some improvement this year, and getting a result against Belgium would be an excellent start.

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