Advocaat downplays Russia’s chances of Euro 2012 glory

Moscow: Russia coach Dick Advocaat has downplayed his side’s chances of Euro 2012 glory despite their eye-catching 3-0 win over Italy.

econd half goals from Aleksandr Kerzhakov and a brace from Roman Shirokov provided Russia with the perfect platform to head into the upcoming tournament, but Advocaat is still looking at ways his side can improve.

He told reporters: "Let`s be realistic. On Monday I re-watched the Italy game and realised that we still have things to work on.

"The favourites for the tournament are Spain, Germany and Holland. I`d say that Russia are probably outsiders."

The 64-year-old also revealed Igor Akinfeev’s fitness is currently being closely monitored with Russia due to open their campaign against Czech Republic later in the week.

He added: "He has some liquid left in his knee and we need to eliminate any risk. Today he`s going to work on a special programme with the physio. There`s still time, so it`s not worth risking him or others."

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