Germany and recent World Cup winners Italy are well fancied for Euro 2008.

Barcelona president Juan Laporta has admitted he is worried about the side’s recent form, but has backed Frank Rijkaard to turn the situation around.

The Catalan club have dropped down to third in La Liga and are currently four points adrift of leaders Real Madrid.

Laporta has urged Rijkaard to ‘reinvent the system’ by switching from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 away from Camp Nou.

“It is a technical problem with the team and Rijkaard has our full support to take the measures necessary to resolve it,” Laporta told Marca.

Lionel Messi is also confident that Rijkaard can improve Barcelona’s away from home.

“Rijkaard has the maturity to find solutions to what is happening to us, and he will take decisions for the good of the team,” the Argentine told Mundo Deportivo.

“Away from home we will have to play a different way if we are to break this run of bad results, and our mentality will have to change.”

Rijkaard himself admits that some of his attack-minded players have not performed away from Camp Nou.

He said: “We aren’t talking about quality but mentality. The forwards have to work as well.

“When we lose the ball not everyone works the same. In matches away from home there have been players who have not performed to their full potential.

“We need sacrifice and team work. It is clear the moment to act has arrived, but we have to do it carefully.”

Germany and recent World Cup winners Italy are well fancied for Euro 2008.


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