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Coaches consider play-off task

Published: Friday 21 September 2012, 16.34CET
Ignacio Quereda is "really confident", Scotland's Anna Signeul admits Spain are talented rivals and Austria see playing Russia as a "bonus": UEFA.com rounds up the reaction.
by Christine Huisman, Kevin Ashby & Stefán Stefánsson
from Nyon

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Published: Friday 21 September 2012, 16.34CET

Coaches consider play-off task

Ignacio Quereda is "really confident", Scotland's Anna Signeul admits Spain are talented rivals and Austria see playing Russia as a "bonus": UEFA.com rounds up the reaction.

The last three tickets to UEFA Women's EURO 2013 in Sweden will be won and lost when the play-offs take place, and the ties were decided by Friday's draw in Nyon. UEFA.com round ups the reaction.

Full play-off draw: games 20/21 & 24/25 October
Scotland v Spain
Ukraine v Iceland
Austria v Russia

Scotland v Spain:
Anna Signeul, Scotland manager
This will be a new and very interesting challenge for us. In all honesty they are the one team in the draw that we know least about. We have had them scouted recently and will do more analysis in the run-up to the play-offs. What we do know is that they are a technically gifted side. We can expect them to have a lot of possession and we will have to be at the top of our game to get the better of them. We go into this play-off in a positive frame of mind and will approach it in the same way we have every one of our qualifying matches so far – determined to win and with belief that we can do so. The players are very much looking forward to playing the home leg at Hampden Park. They are immensely proud to have the opportunity to showcase the women's game at the home of Scottish football.

Ignacio Quereda, Spain coach
Well, at first sight it seems to be an advantage to play the second leg at home. But it all depends on how the first leg goes. I'm really confident. The team is really willing, very motivated and very focused, and I fully believe in the players, because the willingness they show is great, and they are just in a good moment both physically and mentally

Austria v Russia:
Dominik Thalhammer, Austria coach
Russia are a tough one, but [fellow seeds] Spain and Iceland can be classified in the same category. The Russians have already reached three European Championship final tournaments, while for us it would be a first. Because of the difficult weather conditions and travel, I am glad that it was not Iceland. Just the fact that we were represented in Nyon [in the draw] is a real triumph. We can now compete against the favourites. Everything else will be a bonus.

Svetlana Zhuravleva, Russian Football Union (RFS) head of women's football
We will be studying Austria. We don't know them well, but we think that the newcomers who qualified are all ambitious teams of a good standard. Therefore we think they need to be treated with respect – and that Austria can be decent opposition. 

Ukraine v Iceland:
Siggi Eyjólfsson, Iceland coach
We knew we would be meeting a good team, whichever one we got, and we must now prepare for two difficult games against a strong Ukraine team. We will need to find out more about them, probably from Finland who lost to Ukraine.

The players in Iceland are on holiday except for [UEFA Women's Champions League entrants] Stjarnan and the U19 national team, who will play some qualifying games at the same time – some of our squad are also in that U19 team. We will put together a squad and begin training. Many of our girls play abroad so they can stay in shape and join the squad later. We also have some other players abroad who did not feature in our recent matches but could be helpful in the play-offs.

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