Turkey coach Fatih Terim launched a broadside at his critics and even sounded disenchanted with some of his own players on the eve of their must-win final Group D game against the Czech Republic in Lens on Tuesday.
After overseeing losses to Croatia and Spain, Terim, who knows only a victory realistically offers Turkey any chance of qualification, sounded like a man under pressure on Monday as he complained of being “deeply upset and frustrated”.
Yet he then turned the attack back on those who have been criticising him and even appeared to aim a swipe at unnamed players that he intimated had come unprepared to the tournament.
“I was expecting to have some problems, because it can happen in a camp before a major tournament,” Terim told a media conference.
“But I talk to my players as well, I was expecting them to prepare themselves before the tournament. You cannot prepare during the tournament.”