By Rob Kelly
Wojciech Szczesny says Poland’s minimum target at Euro 2012 is to reach the quarter-finals - but he does not believe the co-hosts are under any significant pressure.
Poland have been drawn alongside Tomas Rosicky’s Czech Republic, Andrey Arshavin’s Russia and Greece in Group A.
Szczesny is confident of making it through to the knockout stages and insists playing in his homeland will not create any added tension.
“Let's be honest it is the group you would hope to get before the draw,” he told Arsenal Player. “We are positive, and we know we are capable of getting through to the quarter-finals.
“But, having said that, every team in the group will feel they can do the same so it is going to be tough and we have to make sure we are at our best.
“I don't think [there is added pressure from hosting the tournament]. I don't feel it anyway. Playing at home is a big advantage for us - our fans have always been fantastic and they support us no matter what happens. They will be like a 12th man for us, and they can help us achieve something positive.”
Szczesny accepts Poland will be one of the underdogs at the tournament, but insists that anything can happen once the knockout stages begin.
“The target is to get to the quarter finals - that is the minimum goal and I am confident we can get there,” he said.
“But once you are in the quarters, you are only two games away from the final so you have to make the most of it.
“You have the example of Greece, who were not expected to get through the group stages and went on to win Euro 2004. I would love to win it, but let's get through the group first!”
Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player.