Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tuncay relaxed ahead of Swiss clash

Both sides go into the encounter in Basel in need of a win after losing their opening games.

Turkey lost 2-0 in their meeting with Portugal, in what was a frustrating game for Middlesbrough man Tuncay.

"I wasn't able to make the difference as I wanted against Portugal," said Tuncay, who had no shots on goal and struggled to impose himself on proceedings.

"But I hope I can do it against Switzerland.

"I feel no pressure going into the game.

"We lost the first game and we had one day to grieve about it but now our focus is on the game against Switzerland."

Tuncay is hoping his experience this season in the Barclays Premier League will come to good use in this tournament.

"I have learned a lot during the year I have spent in the Premier League," said the former Fenerbahce star.

"It took me time to adapt to the Premier League but it has been very important in my football career."

Turkey go into the encounter having to do without Newcastle midfielder Emre, who is unavailable with a hamstring injury, while defensive duo Servet Cetin and Gokhan Zan are doubtful.

Despite the setbacks, Tuncay is confident his team will come out triumphant.

"We have players who are out injured and Switzerland have the big advantage of playing at home but we are very confident," he said."We will go out on the pitch determined to win, we are really motivated."

Switzerland acting captain Ludovic Magnin has warned Turkey to prepare for a battle.

Kobi Kuhn's side conceded a 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic and are determined to progress past the group stages.

"We want to show to the world that we can football and play it well," said Magnin."Turkey are a strong team but defeat is not something in our minds.

"For us, the game against Turkey is crucial and we will go out ready to give everything we have."

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