Oct 10 2011
Scotland defender Christophe Berra believes all the pressure will be on fellow play-off contenders Czech Republic in Tuesday night's make-or-break Euro 2012 Group I finale.
Craig Levein's men beat Liechtenstein 1-0 in Vaduz on Saturday night to go one point clear in second place of the Czechs, who are in Lithuania at the same time the Scots play pool winners Spain in Alicante. Scotland have their fate in their own hands but the odds are against them beating the world and European champions, but Berra reckons it is not the Scots who will be feeling the heat.
"It's not an easy game for the Czechs. Lithuania have beaten them already in this campaign," he told Press Association Sport. "We have the points on the board just now so the pressure is on them really - they are the ones who need to get a win or at least a draw."
He added: "It will be a funny game (in Lithuania). There probably won't be much of an atmosphere. It is not a great stadium and the pitch won't be the greatest so anything can happen.
"We are not expected to win against Spain. If we get anything out of the game it would be a big upset really.
"You have to be professional and try to go out there and take care of ourselves and the Lithuania and Czech game will take care of itself."
Berra's attempt to switch the focus onto the Czechs is understandable considering his belief that Levein's side will be taking on one of the best international sides of all time.
"They are probably one of the best international teams ever. I don't think there has been any better," said the former Hearts defender. "They have won the European Championships and the World Cup so not many teams in history have been better than this Spanish team.
"I don't think you will get any bigger a game and it won't get any tougher as well - the World Cup winners at their place with a full stadium.
"There will be a lot of Scots there so it will be a great atmosphere and any player would relish that."