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Marians Pahars, Latvia coach


We are not ready to play against such strong opponents. All our problem appear in such games. Many players did not play regularly for their clubs and that is a reason why we are lacking physically. But I'm satisfied on the whole. I'm satisfied with our performance and atmosphere. We played fantastically before the break. Please don't forget that we faced the team who came third at the World Cup.

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13/06/20150:00UEFA.com newsdesk

"The leading national team in the world does not come to Riga every day," said Latvia coach Marians Pahars on the eve of today's home qualifier against the Netherlands. "This will be something special. We have a plan - we are prepared in terms of tactics, and we will have good support from our fans.

"There is no pressure," he added. "It is the Dutch who has to win. They are favourites, and their pressing game could force us to spend a lot of time defending, but we are ready for whatever they throw at us."

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12/06/201511:32Mikhail Korolev, Riga

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