Strachan: Second place is still a realistic target for Scotland

first_img“But as I said it’s a crazy gang here in this group we have got so you never know.“Second, yes. We will definitely go and try and get second at least and if we end up getting first then great.“But second is our target as we sit here. I don’t think it has changed in the last two games.“I think if you said to us, realistically, then second is a target for us.” Gordon Strachan has said that Scotland’s realistic aim is to grab second place behind England in their World Cup qualifying group.The Scotland boss is preparing his side to face Slovakia in Trnava in what has already been judged by some as a “must win” match following the 1-1 draw with Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday.Second seeds Slovakia have already suffered two defeats in their opening games and Strachan said that it was a peculiar group but that England were favourites to come out on top but Scotland could be right behind them.“I think most of us expect, the footballing world, that England would win it,” he said. A positive result against Slovakia would be key to that aim and Strachan revealed that much of his thinking about the fixture had to be revised after Jan Kozak’s team altered their style over the summer.“They have changed dramatically since the two games I’d seen them in the European championships,” he said.“I think I could have wasted my time going there but I enjoyed the fans and the Welsh fans in particular were good fun, sharing a plane with them.“But I saw them there and it was basically a 4-3-3 with two wide men.“I thought about that for the last couple of months – no wide men any more. It has changed a bit.“But Steven Pressley was out having a look at them and brought back great information.“Kenny with the video analysis put a lot of stuff together on Saturday night, Sunday morning and we had a look at that on Sunday night.“The players know that it has changed a bit but we have to be on our toes, it might change again.”last_img read more