Blokhin staying grounded
Ukraine head coach Oleg Blokhin has called on his side to keep their feet firmly on the ground as they prepare to host France on Friday.
Last Updated: 12/06/12 2:17pm
Ukraine head coach Oleg Blokhin has called on his side to keep their feet firmly on the ground as they prepare to host former world and European champions France on Friday.
The co-hosts got their Euro 2012 campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory against Sweden which put them top of Group D and sent the nation into raptures.
But the former USSR star believes his squad have plenty of hard work ahead of them before they take on Les Bleus at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.
"We've taken advantage of the draw between France and England but need to play some good football against them to prove we can qualify from the group," said Blokhin.
"We haven't thought about the game against France. I don't know whether I will change the starting line-up or not."
Meanwhile, experienced Bayern Munich midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk believes it is important to manage the nation's spiralling expectations, saying: "We did not expect easy games at the tournament and still have two very difficult games to play."