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Fernando Santos is optimistic about the match between Greece and Germany

22 June 2012 / 13:06:16  GRReporter
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The football match between Germany and Greece is awaited with enormous tension. The Mediterraneans expect their national team to defeat its Northern European opponent and at a press conference held before the crucial day, the coach of the Greek national team Fernando Santos made it clear that it would be an epic fight.

"We expect a great game. All who take part in the battle must help football to move forward. All the players will do their best in this match. We know how good the German team is. It might be the favourite, but we will use every chance we have. Anything can happen in 90 minutes," said the coach of the Greeks, who is of Portuguese descent.

The football match between Greece and Germany, which will start at 9:45 pm on Friday, is compared with the clash between David and Goliath. Santos said that the inspiration of Greek players for the evening match would be their teammates, who had won the European Championship in 2004. As for the tactics, Santos said it would be tactics of power. "We must enter the game powerfully. We must make no mistakes. Only thus, we will increase the chances of celebrating the end of the match. All coaches reasonably say that every match is a final."

As for the comparisons of the match between Greece and Germany with the fight between David and Goliath, Santos commented that this is a good comparison. "David won at the end, right?" he asked rhetorically. As for the comment of the coach of the German national team that the Greek players were "masters of football survival," Santos said he knew the reality very well, but the game would show the real capabilities of both teams. The conditions in Gdansk are not easy, temperatures are low for this season, but it is not a decisive factor for the development of the match, according to the Portuguese. He defined the match between Greece and Germany as one of the most important moments in his career.

"The coach of each team is trying to use the features of each player in the best possible way, leaving his mark on the team too. We try to do it right from the beginning. To keep all the positive things, to further strengthen the good defence and create opportunities for improving the attacks. We have changed for the better," Santos said emphatically. As regards the opponent, he said that his colleague Löw has done a great job and the Germans are well prepared. In his words, their preparation is characterized by pragmatism and flexibility and their playing is good in all areas.


Tags: SportsFootballSantosGreeceGermanyGdansk
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