Danger man Zsolt Gyurcsányi felt the hosts were "on the right road towards getting a victory" as UEFA European Futsal Championship Group A ends with a winner-takes-all clash between Hungary and the Czech Republic.
'The right road'
Beaten 3-1 on opening night by Azerbaijan, Gyurcsányi and his Hungary team-mates watched their previous opponents win 6-1 against the Czech Republic on Thursday and he is positive about the challenge to come. "The atmosphere in the team is very good," he told uefa.com. "I think the team is already ready for our big test. We're practicing to eradicate the mistakes we made in the first match, and I believe we're on the right road towards getting a victory."
Due to goal difference, a draw would be enough for Mihály Kozma's side to progress, with whoever finshes top of Group B – Italy or Ukraine – set to be the Group A runners-up's opponents in the quarter-finals at Debrecen's Fönix Arena on Monday. "It would be a dream in Hungary, for the players," said Gyurcsányi of their last-eight target. "For me the most important thing is that the team plays well; that we perform at international level against the best. That would count as a success."
The Czechs' 4-3 victory against Hungary in qualifying for the 1999 European Championship was before the 29-year-old Gyurcsányi's time, though he noted: "We played against them one year ago last January, here in Hungary. We lost 1-0 to a goal from a set-piece." However, a sell-out crowd at the Papp László Arena may help the hosts get their revenge. "It really will be a huge help for us," said Gyurcsányi. "Having a 7,000 crowd behind us will be like having an extra player."
While Hungary hope they can give their fans what they want on Saturday, Gyurcsányi is taking pleasure in being able to watch so much top-class futsal, "I love watching the games," he said. "I'm a huge fan the Spanish team: I've watched them on TV – for me, they're the best team around at present. The tactics are the best thing about futsal; in Hungary, we're a bit behind both technically and tactically, but hopefully we can reduce the gap. We can learn a lot from the what we see on TV and from the pitch during the finals."
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