Tomas Ujfalusi believes Czech Republic have enough quality to challenge for Euro 2008 glory.
The Czechs have a decent pedigree in European Championships, reaching the final in 1996 and the last four in 2004.
However, they will miss the playmaking abilities of the retired Pavel Nedved while the heir to his crown, Tomas Rosicky, has been ruled out through injury.
Confidence is high among the camp, though, and their captain is convinced that Karel Bruckner's troops have the capabilities to repeat Greece's shock success four years ago.
"In 2004, we played football of the highest level but we didn't make it to the final," said the rugged centre-half.
"Some people have finished playing since then, great players like (Vladimir) Smicer, (Vratislav) Lokvenc and Nedved.
"It was difficult for the coach to find adequate replacements but we coped and in the qualifying phase, we finished first (ahead of Germany).
"But I guess we will only be able to assess this when the championships are over. We will see."
Much was expected of the Czechs in Portugal back in 2004 and it came as surprise when they fell to the eventual champions at the semi-final stage.
They are seen more as a dark horse this time around, capable of challenging if they can cope without a number of key players.
Ujfalusi admits that the loss of Arsenal star Rosicky, the man usually charged with leading his country, has come as a blow, but feels that the presence of the Gunners ace on the sidelines will help to raise spirits among the squad.
"Of course, we are all sad that Tomas can't participate," added Ujfalusi, who has recently completed a switch from Fiorentina to Atletico Madrid.
"But he ranks among our biggest supporters and we have had a lot of opportunities to talk to him.
"He is keeping his fingers crossed for us."
The Czechs get their campaign up and running against co-hosts Switzerland on Saturday, before taking in further Group A fixtures against Portugal and Turkey.