Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko has warned Italy they will have to fight for three points in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Kiev.
The former AC Milan striker is a first-choice starter for his national team even though he is not a regular in the Chelsea line-up, and is ready to put one over the nation where he enjoyed the most success in his career.
"I can guarantee that I will be ready, both in my head and with my legs," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
On Saturday, both nations drew their latest qualifiers, compromising their chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 and making Wednesday's match all the more important.
If Ukraine lose, they are practically eliminated while a similar result for the Azzurri would damage their hopes of qualifying and allow Ukraine to join a four-nation challenge for two qualifying berths, along with France and Scotland, who meet each other in Paris.
"Winning is the only thing that can save us," admitted Shevchenko, whose side were held to a 1-1 draw in Georgia on Saturday. "We have got to play this game at 200%. We are battlers and this is our quality.
"To beat them, we are going to have to fight."
Source: Sporting Life