After Greece struggled to pose any kind of attacking threat against Sweden and went down 2-0 in their opening game of Euro 2008, coach Otto Rehhagel blamed a lack of passion from the current holders of the European Championships, he said:
“The Greeks didn’t play with heart like they normally do, and the Swedes pushed us hard, some players were unable to play at the level I expected. They tried hard but it wasn’t enough. The first half didn’t go as we planned – we didn’t play high enough up the pitch and then we lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a moment, which left us a goal down. We will have to show a tougher side of us in the next match.”
Russia are Greece’s next opponents on June 14th and they will need a result against them as they’ll face Spain who have started the tournament very well four days later.