Fuchs: Austria can repeat Leicester feat at Euros

Matt Stead

Christian Fuchs thinks Austria can beat the “big teams” and emulate Leicester City’s Premier League title triumph at Euro 2016.

The Foxes were the unlikeliest of Premier League winners this season as the bookies wrote them off as relegation candidates at the beginning of the campaign and Fuchs believes Austria possess similar qualities to upset the odds at Euro 2016.

Ten-man Austria lost their opening group game at Euro 2016 2-0 to Hungary but Fuchs is convinced his side will bounce back from that defeat.

“I definitely wouldn’t put it past us to get three points now against Portugal. Why shouldn’t we? We have the quality to do so and I really believe in this team to achieve something,” Fuchs told UEFA.com.

“At Leicester, we proved you can win against the big teams and get under their skin.

“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.”

Portugal, who drew their opening game against Iceland, provide Austria with their next opponents and Fuchs’ side must get at least a point to keep their qualification hopes alive.

“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.”

Despite his ability, Fuchs doesn’t think Austria need to pay too much attention to Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“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.”