Posted by: sefa101 | March 24, 2008

Ivanschitz relying on home advantage

Andreas Ivanschitz believs “home advantage is a real advantage” as he looks to captain Austria to “at least the quarter-finals” at EURO 2008. The Panathinaikos midfielder believes being co-host can help his side’s attempts at the tournament.

“The pressure is really big and the fans and media’s expectations are really high, but home advantage is a real advantage. That 12th man will help us – of that I am convinced.”

Austria have had some mixed results in friendly games in the run-up to the finals, but a 3-0 home defeat against Germany – who they will also play in Group B – proved to be oddly encouraging, with Josef Hickersberger’s side giving their neighbours a real challenge before conceding three times in the closing stages. For Ivanschitz, that was evidence that Austria have the potential to spring a surprise at the finals.

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