Berra takes heat off Scotland

Defender feels Spain are among best international teams in history

Christophe Berra: The defender has attempted to switch the focus away from Scotland

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Christophe Berra thinks Scotland go into the make-or-break concluding round of Euro 2012 qualifiers as underdogs.

Craig Levein's men beat Liechtenstein 1-0 on Saturday to go one point clear of the Czech Republic in second position in Group I in what is a fierce battle for a play-off position.

The Czech side are next in Lithuania on Tuesday at the same time the Scots play pool winners Spain in Alicante.

Technically, Scotland have their fate in their own hands, but the odds are against them beating the world and European champions, who have won seven out of seven qualifiers, and defeat means the Czechs would need only a draw to secure a play-off spot.

However, Wolves defender Berra reckons it is not the Scots who will be feeling the heat, as he said: "It's not an easy game for the Czechs. Lithuania have beaten them already in this campaign.

"We have the points on the board just now so the pressure is on them really. They are the ones who need to get a win or at least a draw.


"It will be a funny game (in Lithuania). There probably won't be much of an atmosphere. It is not a great stadium and the pitch won't be the greatest so anything can happen.

"We are not expected to win against Spain. If we get anything out of the game it would be a big upset really.

"You have to be professional and try to go out there and take care of ourselves and the Lithuania and Czech game will take care of itself."

Berra's attempt to switch the focus onto the Czechs is understandable considering his belief that Levein's side will be taking on one of the best international sides of all time.

"They are probably one of the best international teams ever. I don't think there has been any better," said the former Hearts defender.

"They have won the European Championship and the World Cup so not many teams in history have been better than this Spanish team."