No revenge for Etxeberria
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Joseba Etxeberria insists Spain will not have revenge on their minds when they face Greece in Oporto on Wednesday.
Spain were pipped to automatic qualification for Euro 2004 by Greece, who won 1-0 in Zaragoza courtesy of Stelios Giannakopoulos' goal last June.
Both Spain and Greece won their opening games of the tournament and victory for either side would secure a spot in the quarter finals.
Athletic Bilbao winger Etxeberria feels that should be Spain's motivation on Wednesday as opposed to exacting revenge for their previous loss to Greece.
"We will confront the match with a lot of desire but without the spirit for revenge," said Etxeberria.
"The unique thing that we know is that if we win, we obtain qualification.
"If it is in first place then that is better as it gives you a lot of confidence."
Etxeberria admits he is not guaranteed to start the match in Oporto given the clamour for Juan Carlos Valeron, who was the match-winner against Russia, to start against Greece.
That does not concern Etxeberria as he acknowledges coach Inaki Saez has a wealth of quality players at his disposal.
The wide man also feels that Spain should play their natural game against Greece, rather than attempt to stifle their opponents.
He added: "The good thing for Spain is that anyone can play. The fact that there may be changes is good because it is what the coach wants.
"If we play with pace then it is certain that we will create goalscoring chances. We should play our game that has brought us to this stage.
"Greece are a team that defends very well and counter-attacks with pace. The emphasis for them is on the group, rather than individuals."