Friday, 7 October 2011
Hope for the Impossible dream.
Hope is the main thing Scotland have going into the last two qualifiers for Euro 2012.
Hope that Scotland can defeat Liechstein in their own back yard and pick up something in the Alicante in Spain while Spain and Lithuania beat the Czech Republic so Scotland are in the play-off round of qualifying for Euro 2012.
Goals from Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso helped Spain to a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic tonight ensuring that a Scotland victory in Liechtenstein would leapfrog Scotland above the Czechs with only one game to play.
However the last game is in Spain and they will face a side who have won all seven qualifying games so far, are the reigning World champions and European champions and boast a reserve side of players like Fernando Torres, Juan Mata,David Silva, Cesc Fabregas and others of such quality never mind the players who are first choice!
Craig Levein's side must go into both games against Liechtenstein and Spain with the same mindset. That Scotland will win both games.
Six Points would ensure a play-off spot. It is a big ask and is probably building hopes up too high but it can be done.
Liechteinstein nearly caused a scare at Hampden before a last minute Steven McManus header gave Scotland a 2-1 victory but a win is a win and that is what the team must believe going in to the game against Liechtenstein. A 3-0 win would be great for morale but a 1-0 win is the same points as a 3-0 win and it would take Scotland up to second.
Spain will be a different matter and Scotland will have to expect to be on the back foot for most if not all of the game and will have to counter attack well against the World and European champions. Scotland have caused massive upsets before such as the Home and Away Double over France a few years ago and a performance like one of those nights will be needed in the Alicante.
It is a big ask for Craig Levein's side to get the six points but if Scotland have any chance of qualifying they must believe it is possible.
Here we go again building our hopes up for a fall,but just one of these days the hopes will pay off.
Hopefully this week!