Everybody thought this championship could produce unexpected results and Portugal-Greece already showed this. In our group, all teams can produce surprises.
I liked neither the performance nor the result. The defense got a series of yellow cards in the first half that paralyzed them in the second half. My players were obviously scared of the opponent.
Our task was to come here and qualify for the quarter-finals. We did not do that so we were unsuccessful.
We expect a tough game, because both teams have everything to lose. It will be crucial.
People might say we didn’t need this victory. I think we very much needed it. The Russian soccer needed it. Look at how many rookies we had.
All three are key players on our team and their absence is a serious blow.
I have decided against calling any more players, so we have only 17 instead of 19 players on the squad now.
All the yellow cards put our defense under pressure. They were afraid of being taken out of the game.
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