Some recent comments from Hearts boss Craig Levein show that he is well aware that the pressure is all on the Tynecastle side for Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness.
The Jambos are big favourites to defeat the Championship side. That fact that hasn’t been lost on Levein. However, he still expects the fans to get behind the team at Hampden Park.
“I don’t ask the supporters for an awful lot,” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.
“They’re coming along to support us so it’s up to us to do the business. Semi-finals are never routine. The opportunity’s always there for both teams to win.”
The comment about semi-finals never being ‘routine’ is rather ominous from Levein, as are the remarks about the supporters.
Perhaps the Hearts boss is indicating that it will be up to the players to get the fans into the game. Most Hearts fans will probably be going into the game expecting to win.
It could also be a plea from Levein that the support stick behind the team. Stay with them even if the game isn’t going according to plan.
When all is said and done, Hearts should be good enough to defeat Inverness and reach the cup final. Levein’s comments are worth taking note of though. It seems that he is already prepared for a very tough game, and expects the club’s support to be aware of that.