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Greece striker Charisteas says tactics are 'secret weapon' for Euro 2008 opener against Sweden

Greece striker Charisteas says tactics are 'secret weapon' for Euro 2008 opener against Sweden

More closed training sessions, more cautious remarks.
Striker Angelos Charisteas said Greece was keeping its game plan for its European Championship opener against Sweden a closely guarded secret.
Asked about the tactics Greece would use in Tuesday's Group D match, the 28-year-old forward was coy.
"That's our secret weapon we can't reveal it," he said.
Greece coach Otto Rehhagel has closed five of his team's pre-Sweden training sessions. The caution matched the mood in the Swedish camp, where players practiced set pieces in closed training on Saturday.
Greece also faces Russia and Spain in the group, but has billed the first match as being all-important for its Euro 2008 campaign.
"Of course we'd like the win the first game. That would be a big advantage for us. I'd like to score against the Swedes, but winning is the main thing," Charisteas said. "We play a similar game, and focus on the same things: strength, speed and tactics. One side will prevail in one of these areas and win the game."
Charisteas scored the winning goal in the Euro 2004 final, when Greece beat host Portugal to seal the upset.
He scored three goals in qualifying, helping Greece earn 31 points from 12 games. But like other Greece players, Charisteas balks at talk of luck in 2004.
"We have to show that we were deservedly called European champions, and the best way to show that is on the field and not just by talking about it," he said.
Although seen as a likely starter in Tuesday's game, Charisteas has struggled at club level. He scored six goals this season for FC Nuremberg, which was relegated.
"I'm here for the national team, not for Nuremberg," Charisteas said. "It's a completely different thing ... I'm very happy to be back at a big tournament. We all have to put in our maximum effort."
Teammates also defended Charisteas' place on the roster.
"All the players here are important for the team," midfielder Costas Katsouranis said. "(Charisteas) was our best scorer at Euro 2004. He's a core member of the squad."


Updated : 2021-05-16 23:29 GMT+08:00