Fernando Santos is dreaming of leading Greece to Euro 2012 glory ahead of the quarter-final tie with Germany.
Germany are strong favourites to win Friday’s game in Gdansk, but the Greeks have already upset the odds by defeating Russia to finish second in Group A, and Joachim Low has warned his players they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents.
Santos feels his players are capable of springing a surprise against Germany, even if he acknowledges that the odds are against them.
“Of course we are well aware of the quality that Germany have,” he said. “Let’s not forget that they are not just favourites for this game but for winning the whole thing, but we have not just come here for a holiday. If you want to compare it to David and Goliath then I am happy to play the role of David, because we all know who won.
“This is a knockout game and anything can happen in 90 minutes. Every game is like a final now.”
The other seven coaches left at this tournament will all have imagined winning the final. I am just the same. If I hadn’t I may as well quit and go fishing. Greece coach Fernando Santos
Greece won Euro 2004 despite having entered the tournament as rank outsiders, and Santos hopes the current crop can produce a repeat.
“Although they were written off before the tournament, they managed to reach the final and win the cup,” he said of the triumph under Otto Rehhagel. “We would like to try and use this squad as a source of inspiration to try to do the same, or at least come as close as we can.
“The other seven coaches left at this tournament will all have imagined winning the final. I am just the same. If I hadn’t I may as well quit and go fishing.”© ESPN