Hiddink promises to attack

18 June 2008 09:45
Guus Hiddink has promised Russia will be positive in Wednesday's Group D decider against Sweden in Innsbruck. The winner of the crunch clash will secure qualification for the quarter-finals behind group winners Spain and Hiddink is looking for his side to take the attacking initiative. "There's no other way to play than by trying to win from the first minute," said the experienced Dutchman. "We like to play very attacking football when possible but the dirty work - the defensive work-rate - also needs to be done." Meanwhile, Hiddink has hinted that playmaker Andrei Arshavin will only be on the bench after missing the opening two games of the tournament through suspension. However, Yuri Zhirkov and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov are expected to be fit despite struggling with minor knocks. "There's a lack of rhythm to Arshavin's game because he hasn't played recently," added Hiddink. "He's not match-fit so I don't know if he'll start."

Source: ESA