Markarian has been appointed as Greece manager in a tough time as Greece struggle in their qualification group of Euro 2016. The fixture against Hungary in Budapest later this month is like a cup final for Greece as if they fail to claim the victory the limited chances of going through will be vanished.
“I thank Greek Football Federation for the confidence. I know that this team can deliver. Along with FA and Karagounis we have managed to make a decent technical team. We know what is going on in Greek football. For me there is a new chapter in Greek football after 2000. It's a crucial moment. If we don't manage to go to France, it will be a step backwards. We need to avoid this failure. We believe in this team and we want to make Greek fans happy with a qualification in the Euro 2016. Hungary game is a final for us,” Markarian said.
Even though the Uruguayan manager is very familiar with the Greek football, as he has worked in the past in Greece, he knows that he cannot turn the things around in a very short time.
“It's not like that. All depends on our work. We need to have cohesion within the squad. I'm not a magician but the challenge is to create a magical atmosphere in the National Team. In football you can always make mistakes. Sometimes you need the luck to win games. Greece had always specific tactics. Greece always give everything and play defensively. But within the years this spirit, which was created in 2004, has been lost. But we don't have to look back. In football you have to be good both at the back and up front,” he added.
Markarian also said that he won't make any radical changes ahead of Hungary game despite the poor results under Ranieri.
“I won't make many changes. That's not good. We need to call the same players. These are responsible for the run in. I'm focused to change the tactics, not the players. But we haven't taken any final decisions yet. The past two months I have been watching games and I have been working for Greece. I know more things about those who play abroad. Now I'm watching in action those who play domestically, despite that some of them have not been called yet,” Markarian underlined.