Levein Not Worried About Facing Spain. Yet
Updated Monday, 19th July 2010
Craig Levein is using the old cliche of one game at a time as he prepares for EURO2012
Scotland manager Craig Levein is more worried about his side taking on Lithuania than lining up against newly crowned world champions Spain in the EURO2012 qualifiers. Scotland travel to Kaunas - Levein's first competitive game in charge - for their first game in the qualification group on 3 September and he believes a good start is essential. That is why the national team boss will put any thoughts about the visit of Spain out of his mind until October, when the World Cup winners visit Hampden. Levein began his time in charge of the national side with a friendly win over the Czech Republic back in March and Scotland travel to Sweden next month to play at the Råsunda Stadion, Solna before the real competative action begins.
Levein said: "The players will have a great occasion in the match against Spain. The Spaniards have played at the highest level for 36 months without a break so at some point it has to catch up with them. I'm not saying it will catch up with them for a tournament but it might for a game or two. However, I'm not worried about playing them at Hampden. What I'm concerned with is getting it right for Lithuania. That is a massive game - we need to get off to a positive start. It's 12 years now since we qualified for anything. It will take time but once you get on the slippery slope it's hard to stop. However, I believe in my squad. Attitude is everything. If players don't want to turn up and play then we're not going to succeed."
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