Kostas Sloukas believes that he and his Greece teammates will receive every opponent's best shot once the U20 European Championship gets underway on Thursday.
Every team likes to knock a champion off the pedestal so Greece, gold-medal winners one year ago, fully expect some hard games as they go into Group A action against the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Latvia.
"We know that the title won last year in Rhodes is an incentive for our opponents," said Sloukas, who averaged almost 28 minutes per game last summer.
"Whether it be the Czech Republic or Spain, or any other team that want to beat the champions."
Greece would appear to have a good chance of defending their title because of so many players still in the squad from 2009.
"We have proved in practice that we have a classic players have had success in the past, but that means nothing," Sloukas warned.
"If you do not work, unless we try in every game, no one will give us anything.
"Classic, but effective: It is best to go again with the same recipe ... Step by step."