"That was not what the people expected."
Georgios Samaras has right. Greece outsiders for their group C opener against Colombia, but few expected that the way to lose what you did the. If the South Americans triumph, assumed that it through monopolistic ownership - José of Pekerman's told the aim of the game - and loop you would be their supposedly dour, defensive opponents.
The reality was quite different. Although Los Cafateros went the points, the statistics showed that it was Greece who dominated the ball and used it for so many efforts on goal as their South American opponents they. And while a 0: 3-bust predictably difficult to stomach proved, Samaras was comforted by that know the FIFA exciting his team to another World Cup encounter had contributed.
"We have more on this tournament, but I think to give that we showed something today," he told FIFA.com. "It was a strange game. For the first five or six minutes we didn't seem 100% in there be, and we conceded a bad goal. But then, we had good possession, a lot of pressure, and some very good chances. But, look, this is football. Colombia none had more chances than we did, but she scored three goals and whether the result is fair, we have to make it.
"I know what everyone expected, but Greece: that we have 11 men behind the ball, defend, defend, defend and give everything to keep a clean sheet." But I think what she saw was a team that likes to attack, that moved the ball really well and always tries to create chances. We went to win against Colombia, and this philosophy will not change. We only hope that it will bring a better result for us, because Japan is now a must-win game for us is.
"All what we can do between now and then is always positive, goes to play next and continue the same kind of football. We have a chance against Colombia, and that is something that we do not forget. "On another day it had to win, and that is something that we must consider this massive match."
When describing the encounter with Japan as a "must be, must-win", Samaras is no excessive load on the point. Statisticians can protest that Greece could draw or even lose and still qualify, but realistically a 0: 3,-defeat left they need a big score to kickstart their campaign. Not that the Asian champions - will lose themselves unhappy at the Côte d' Ivoire - passed an easy team.
"they a good team," Samaras said. "We already know their players as individuals, and between now and kick-off, we will consider them closely as a unit. We want to see where their strengths are, but also where they are weaker; "Where they can take advantage of open spaces and to be able to create chances."
In addition to playing for Greece World Cup future, Samaras also plays for his own. Finally has its long association with Celtic Glasgow just finished, who declined to offer him a new contract, the 29-year-old I don't know where he his football next season play. However, claims he relaxed over a situation C, at the moment be significantly under suspension by Greece from the foot of the group in its list of priorities.
"There is no problem," he said about his uncertain future. "I am one hundred percent focused on the national team, and after the World Cup see how me and where my career is going. The only strange feeling, to be honest no Celtic player is his. I had seven great seasons in Glasgow, and I grew up there, both as a player and as a person. At the end, a decision that I didn't want to, but was from other people. Now I looking for something new, but, after the tournament has ended.
"That's enough for me now. The World Cup is the World Cup, and whether in Africa, South America, Asia or Europe, it is the greatest, you want to do with your national team. Days like today hurt, but I'm very to be very happy here."