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Coach Beenhakker before final game

Coach Leo Beenhakker is hoping Poland can sneak into the UEFA EURO 2008â„¢ quarter-finals “through the back door” as he prepares his players for Monday’s critical Group B clash with Croatia in Klagenfurt.

Stakes couldn’t be higher for the Poles who need the win to keep their slim chance of playing quarter finals alive. Beenhakker had this to say:

“We have to put our effort into what we have in our hands,” said the Dutchman. “We can’t control events in Vienna. All I can do is plan with my players to try and get the win over Croatia. We are focusing on our task and then we have to hope things elsewhere go our way to qualify through the back door.”

Changes are expected for Croatia out of the side just check out the Croatia blog on this site Modric, Serna and a couple of other star players are out and resting for the quarter finals. Leo thinks this will not change things as much as people think:

“Croatia have a certain philosophy of playing and that will not change very much, no matter who is playing,” he said. “Positions and styles are more or less fixed, so it’s just a case of different players doing the jobs. I’m confident we have done our homework on every player in the squad of 23.”

Croatia are confident of a win or a strong performance and have stated that the team will be stronger than people are thinking and tell Poland to watch out.

All in all should be a good game and hopefully Poland pull something out of the bag just like Turkey did.

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