By Rob Kelly
Lukasz Fabianski admits that Poland’s Euro 2012 group “is not the worst ever” but he believes every team in it will be confident of progress.
The co-hosts open their campaign on June 8 against Greece, before facing Andrey Arshavin’s Russia and then a Czech Republic side captained by Tomas Rosicky.
Fabianski sees Russia as marginal favourites to win Group A, but says Poland can be confident of making it through to the quarter finals.
“I was watching [the draw] and before the last team was drawn for our group, I was texting Tomas Rosicky and we were saying, ‘get us Russia’ and we got Russia. We were laughing about it afterwards - it’s not the worst group ever in the history of the Euros!” Fabianski told Arsenal Player.
“Maybe Russia is a bit more above the other teams, but not much, and every single team has a chance to go through. The teams that don’t go through will be really, really disappointed because that is a group where everyone can beat everyone.
“Now in the Czech Republic, in Poland, in Russia they are all saying, ‘you have to go through to the next round’. That may be the worst part of that group!”
While Fabianski does not expect Poland to win the European Championship, he believes anything could happen once the tournament starts.
“Realistically, it will be hard to win it. Optimistically, the quarter finals is the main target for us,” he said.
“When you remember Greece in Portugal [at Euro 2004], they were not favourites but they won it. You never know in competitions like that, every game can help you get to a higher level, so hopefully it will be like that [for Poland].
“Obviously Spain and Holland [are favourites]. Italy have a good record when you look at their qualification games. Okay…England too! All those big teams, I don’t think it will ever change when it comes to Europe.”
See the full interview with Lukasz on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 29 Feb 2012