Senderos demands winning start

Defender calls for three points against Czech Republic

Senderos: Czech curtain raiser

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Philippe Senderos fears Switzerland will be heading for an early Euro 2008 exit if they do not record three points in Saturday's opening game against Czech Republic.

"There is pressure, but it is a good kind of pressure."

Philippe Senderos

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Co-hosts Switzerland take on the Czechs at St-Jakob stadium in the finals' curtain raiser and Arsenal defender Senderos has spelt out the need to get off to a positive start.

After their meeting with the Czechs, who were semi-finalists in 2004, Switzerland go on to face Turkey and Portugal in Group A.

And Senderos is well aware that a failure to kick off with a victory could leave Switzerland facing an uphill task in their attempts to reach the knock-out stages.

Massive

"It is a massive game for us," said Senderos. "It is absolutely vital that we get off to a good start.

"Everyone in Switzerland has been waiting for this moment for so long and hopefully we can live up to the expectations.

"It would be a major disappointment if we did not go through because we know we have got the ability to do that.

"There is pressure, but it is a good kind of pressure - there is a real desire in the squad to show our quality and what we are capable of."