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Wake-up calls for Group A stragglers

Published: Monday 21 July 2014, 14.21CET
Austria's Andreas Heraf and Portugal's Hélio Sousa want more of the same after opening wins, while the coaches of Israel and Hungary recognise their teams must improve fast.
Wake-up calls for Group A stragglers
Eli Ohana wants more from his Israel side on matchday two ©Sportsfile
Published: Monday 21 July 2014, 14.21CET

Wake-up calls for Group A stragglers

Austria's Andreas Heraf and Portugal's Hélio Sousa want more of the same after opening wins, while the coaches of Israel and Hungary recognise their teams must improve fast.

Austria v Israel
Having overseen victory against the hosts on matchday one, Andreas Heraf – who is able to welcome back Lukas Gugganig, Michael Brandner and Florian Grillitsch after suspension – must decide whether to tinker with the team that performed so impressively against Hungary. "We always play the same so our team does not have to change a lot," he told UEFA.com. "The three suspended players are usually part of our starting XI, but the ones who came in did a great job, so it's the coach's job to handle this. The three [banned] players are very good and I'm happy they are part of the squad to give me more choice, but right now I don't know what I'll do. We have our way of playing and we'll try to stick with it against Israel too."

I will try to build up the confidence of the players. I will cheer my players up, hug them and hopefully against Austria we will play better
Eli Ohana

Israel's Eli Ohana has midfielder Dor Peretz available again after a matchday one ban, and believes his side showed only glimpses of their potential in the 3-0 defeat by Portugal. "We have to concentrate more in attack and defence. I know we can play better, and we showed that in the first 20 minutes of the second half. I will try to build up the confidence of the players. I will cheer my players up, hug them and hopefully against Austria we will play better. They are capable; young players are allowed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes and you learn, and if we learn from that, then we will gain something."

Hungary v Portugal
Géza Mészöly is another coach seeking improvement from matchday one, and may opt to make several changes as Hungary look to get back on track in Felcsut. "Our team is capable of much more and I hope we can show this in our second group match," said the coach, whose side drew 3-3 with Portugal in an October 2013 friendly. "It is very important that in the second match we start much better at the back. We need to be organised and make sure we don't open up because Portugal are a very skilful team. That's why we have made special plans for this match. We need to perform better individually; anything else simply won't do."

Portugal stretched their U19 championship winning run to seven matches with victory against Israel, although coach Hélio Sousa is taking nothing for granted. "We have to be prepared in all games for all scenarios," he said. "In parts of the game, our opponents are going to attack so we've got to know how to adapt over 90 minutes. Sometimes we will have to sit back a bit and gain confidence and then, with some fast transitions, hit back. We'll see how the players are and if it's possible to make changes or not."

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