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Greece backup goalkeeper Chalkias believes tall Greeks can Sweden attack at Euro 2008

Greece backup goalkeeper Chalkias believes tall Greeks can Sweden attack at Euro 2008

Greece backup goalkeeper Costas Chalkias is confident his team's towering defenders can stop Sweden when the teams meet Tuesday at the European Championship.
"Our defense have faced tougher challengers and fared well," Chalkias said Sunday. "They are tall, very strong and skilled."
Chalkias was talking about 1.96-meter (6-foot-5) central defender Traianos Dellas, 1.92-meter (6-3) Sotiris Kyrgiakos and 1.85-meter (6-0) _ short by Greek defending standards _ Vassilis Torosidis.
Chalkias said Greece's experience in eliminating Norway in the qualifying tournament had helped prepare for the first game. The Greeks beat Norway 1-0 at home before holding them to a 2-2 away draw last September.
Swiss referee Massimo Busacca, who will also take charge of Tuesday's match, showed yellow cards to five Greek players and one Norwegian in the September qualifier.
"The last match against the Norwegians was a very physical game and I think it was a good lesson for us," Chalkias said, promising not to let traveling fans down. "We promise maximum commitment. I think we made the fans proud before and we will do it again."
Greece coach Otto Rehhagel is hoping to take points off Sweden before his team faces other Group D rivals Spain and Russia, the only team to beat Greece in Euro 2004.
But Chalkias insisted the Swedes would be formidable opponents.
"All 11 players they'll have in the game will be very good," he said. "Every team has stars. Sweden's teams has them, too. We don't really have a team with stars, but that's our strength. We're strong as a team."
Greece, he said, was aware of threats posed by Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahomivic, but added several other players would also be closely watched.
Defender Loukas Vyntra implied Ibrahimovic might receive some special handling.
"That is a secret we are keeping to ourselves," Vyntra said when asked about the Inter Milan forward, adding he was thinking of nothing beyond Tuesday's game.
"Do I have a dream? My dream is to start well on Tuesday," Vyntra said. "That's all I can think about, because it's so important."


Updated : 2021-01-16 04:07 GMT+08:00