Poland v Scotland: Group D is the toughest, says Gordon Strachan

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Interview - Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
Poland v Scotland - Euro 2016 qualifying
Date: Tuesday, 14 October Venue: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & online. Live text coverage on BBC Sport website.

Manager Gordon Strachan reckons Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying group is the toughest of them all.

The Scots, who beat Georgia 1-0 on Saturday at Ibrox, take on Poland in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

And Strachan believes the Poles' 2-0 weekend win over world champions Germany shows the task facing the teams in Group D.

"This group is the hardest of all, I thought that and results in the first two rounds bear that up," he said.

"It's going to be a fantastic group, there will be ups and downs until the last game and we want to be in there at the final game, just as much as Poland do, to qualify.

"If you're a German player, who have made over 50 chances in two games, you might think it's a rather scarce return for three points. So it shows you can make over 50 chances against two teams and still have only three points - that's how difficult this group is."

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall
Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall says Poland will not take their eye off the ball in Warsaw

Strachan also does not expect Scotland's friendly win over the Poles in March to have any bearing on the game in Warsaw.

The Scots, who lost their opener 2-1 against Germany in Dortmund in September, are three points adrift of Poland going into the match.

"We've all moved on since March, we've all played games since March and I don't think it will make any difference to what the result will be tomorrow," the manager said.

"I saw an improvement [in Poland against Germany]. There was an improvement but we have improved since then as well so it's two improving squads."

Star man Robert Lewandowski was missing for the Poles in March and while Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall knows they will be a different proposition this time around, he hopes his side will have taken heart from that 1-0 victory.

"That game, Poland had a few players missing and obviously their main striker is back as well so we're expecting a tough game," said the Cardiff City star.

"They'll be on a high from the result at the weekend and it's a qualifier, so it's a totally different game but hopefully the result at the weekend and the performance we had here in March will stand us in good stead.

"We're going to be under pressure at times but we have enough quality to get a positive performance and hopefully a victory."

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Interview - Scotland keeper David Marshall

And Marshall does not believe complacency will creep into the Poland camp in the wake of their first ever win over neighbours Germany.

"The Polish players are experienced enough at that level, they have a lot of top top players and I don't think it will affect them at all, they know how important it is to follow up the result on Saturday and it will put them in a great position in the group if they can beat us," he said.

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