Torosidis slams Greek confidence
Greece defender Vassilis Torosidis says the national side have hit rock bottom following defeat against South Korea.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 15/06/10 7:30pm
Greece defender Vassilis Torosidis believes the national side have hit 'rock bottom' following their opening World Cup Group B defeat against South Korea.
Goals courtesy of Lee Jung-soo and Park Ji-sung condemned the Greeks to an unwelcome defeat and now the 2004 European champions take on Nigeria on Thursday in search of not only their first victory in two World Cup campaigns, but also their first goal.
Their 1994 campaign ended in failure when they lost to Nigeria, Argentina and Bulgaria, conceding 10 goals and scoring none.
"The most important thing is to play the way we played in the preliminaries," said Torosidis.
"If we don't play like that, if we don't respond in the match, it doesn't matter if we are playing Nigeria or the worst team in the world - we have no chance."
Greece came second in their qualifying group behind Switzerland and beat Ukraine in a play-off but have come in for a lot of criticism from the Greek media.
Liverpool defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos is looking forward to facing Nigeria following his shock omission from the opener.
"To be honest, every player wants to play, there's no doubt about it. But the most disappointing thing for me is not that I didn't play, the most disappointing thing for me is that the team didn't win," he said.
"I'm ready to play, if I'm selected."