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Fuchs: Anything can happen, just look at Leicester

Austria full-back Christian Fuchs says his experience in winning the Premier League suggests the underdogs have every chance of upsetting Group F favourites Portugal in Paris.

Christian Fuchs was in high spirits on Friday
Christian Fuchs was in high spirits on Friday ©Getty Images

Christian Fuchs knows plenty about being the underdog. It would even be fair to say he relishes such a challenge, which is fortunate because that is the situation he and his Austria team-mates are facing against Portugal in Paris on Saturday night.

Fuchs has been here before, however. Two seasons ago, the defender scored as Schalke almost completed a famous comeback against European champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.  

Then, most memorably of all, the left-back played a key role in the mother of all underdog stories as Leicester City sensationally romped to their first English title in the 2015/16 Premier League.

"At Leicester, we proved you can win against the big teams and get under their skin," Fuchs told EURO2016.com in the build-up to the Group F clash. "Let me remind you that we won 3-1 at Manchester City, so anything is possible and I'll be the last to stop believing that."

Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by Hungary in Bordeaux nonetheless leaves Fuchs and his team-mates playing catch-up on matchday two, with Marcel Koller's side realistically needing at least a point against Cristiano Ronaldo and company to maintain hopes of reaching the knockout stage.

"I don't have a problem with it," said Fuchs. "It's a nice challenge, because there are world-class players awaiting us on Saturday. We will quite clearly be the underdog and the pressure will be more on Portugal, because they weren't at their best against Iceland either."

That Portugal misfired in their opener is no secret, but the presence of Ronaldo – who failed to find the net against Iceland and will be determined to make amends at the Parc des Princes – always gives the Selecção an advantage.

"We won't resort to medieval tactics and play with a man-to-man marker [to stop him]," said Fuchs. "You cannot afford to do that nowadays, so it will be important to have an overload in defence whenever he appears to make sure we always have two-on-one situations."

It is clear, though, that not even the presence of one of the world's most feared forwards can knock Fuchs's confidence, reinforced as it is by recent history.

"I definitely wouldn't put it past us to get three points now against Portugal," the 30-year-old concluded. "Why shouldn't we? We have the quality to do so and I really believe in this team to achieve something."