Greece desperately needs to win on Saturday, June 16, 2012 against Russia in the Euro Cup 2012 to avoid elimination. Can Greece pull of a win?
Here's what Greece coach Fernando Santos had to say:
"The Russians may only need a draw, but I don't see why they should change their style," Santos said. "Most big teams don't need to anyway. Dzagoev is a very good player, but Russia has many quality players."
Santos has promised changes to Greece's starting line-up for the match at the National Stadium in Warsaw after blaming all three goals the team has conceded on a lack of concentration early in both matches.
"We can make a fresh start against Russia, it's in difficult circumstances that people show character. And we do have the character to face this situation." - Greece Coach Fernando Santos
At Euro 2012, Russia is the top scoring team with five goals in two matches, Greece coach Fernando Santos said he doesn't expect the Russians to abandon their attacking style of play.
Here's what Russia's coach Advocaat had to say about Greece:
"We have to make sure we take all our chances," Advocaat said. Pavlyuchenko called Greece a tricky opponent, particularly as it is fighting to avoid elimination.
"It is a powerful, thorny team. Everyone has trouble against them," Pavlyuchenko said. "This match will be even harder than those against the Czech Republic and Poland because it decide who goes to the quarterfinals. Basically, the playoffs start Saturday."
Greece is missing goalkeeper Costas Chalkias and central defender Avraam Papadopoulos, both to injury, thou key defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos will return from suspension after his red card in the first match of the tournament.
Russia is favoured to win and the odds are not good for Greece, which has lost to Russia in the last two European Championships. Russia was the only team to beat Greece on its run to the Euro 2004 title.