We can do it! – Russia’s coach Advocaat

Russia’s football coach Dick Advocaat told RT that he is positive about his team’s draw for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

­“It could be worse because you see the other group of Holland,” Advocaat stressed. “In this group everything is possible for us to do. We have a possibility to come through – that’s important.”  

The national squads of co-hosts Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic will become the Russian team’s rivals in the Group A, considered the easiest at the tournament by most experts.

“The good thing in the draw is that you don’t know beforehand what you get,”
the 64-year-old said. “So after the draw we knew the opponents. We still have work to do, but as I said it’s a very interesting group otherwise you don’t qualify. We can do it, but probably the coaches of the other teams will say the same.”

Talking of his team’s rivals, Advocaat said that he expects the match against Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland to be a tough encounter.   

“Poland, in my opinion is still the dangerous side, because they’ll have the home crowd, which will be fanatical,” he said. “In the past it was shown that the home team with the home crowd can be very dangerous. We have seen this with South Korea at the World Cup and the same things can happen with Poland as well. But again if you see all our opponents if we do what we have to do we can get a good result.”

“The Czech Republic: I don’t know so much about them, but again before we start we’ll know everything. As for Greece we played against them, but in the tournament like this it’s going to be different than in a friendly match,” he added.

As for Russia’s preparations for the event, the nearest plans are hold a friendly match in February.

“Also maybe we’ll change our [Euro 2012] home base because we’ll be playing three games in Poland,”
Advocaat said. “I think it’s better to stay in [Polish capital] Warsaw.”

Earlier, it was announced that Russia will be training in Ukrainian capital, Kiev during the next summer’s tournament.

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