Toby Flood and Co confident of rescuing Leicester Tigers' Euro hopes
Toby Flood says Leicester Tigers must trust and believe in each other to battle through the tough Heineken Cup challenges that lie ahead.
The 27-year-old fly-half continued his impressive form in the defeat at Toulouse and insists it is now up to him and other senior members of the squad to lead the way when Ospreys arrive on Sunday.
Lose that game and Tigers' European journey will be all but over this season. Flood, however, believes the squad will respond to that pressure.
"Our guys will revel in that challenge," he said. "We are a year further down the line in our evolution. I am 27 now and the likes of Dan Cole and Ben Youngs, who have come through the Academy, are all a year older.
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"We can't look around for the Aaron Maugers and Ben Kays of this world any more because they are not here.
"We have to look around the changing room at each other, believe in each other and know we are doing the right thing, and that we will follow each other through to the end."
Ospreys got their Pool Two campaign off to a perfect start with a bonus-point win against Italians Treviso at the Liberty Stadium.
Their arrival on Sunday afternoon will be the latest instalment in a fierce European rivalry between the two clubs, which reached its height when Tigers were knocked out of the 2009-10 competition after the infamous '16th Man' incident in Swansea.
There was also the astonishing 32-32 draw between the sides at Welford Road in October 2009.
Following Leicester's return from France last weekend without a point after the 23-9 defeat in Toulouse, Flood says Tigers will need to get stuck into Ospreys from the opening whistle.
"With the work we put into the game in Toulouse, we could have got something out of it because it was such a positive first 35 minutes," he said. "But it wasn't to be and now we welcome Ospreys, knowing we have to go out there with the idea of scoring some tries.
"At the same time, we can never undervalue how good Ospreys are. They have a bonus point early on and it is always notoriously a good game with them at Welford Road.
"It's food for thought for us and we will have to attack in a manner to get us something good out of the game.
"But we have to make sure we win first and foremost, and we need to feel comfortable before we decide to really move the ball."