Czech soccer star upbeat about national squad’s EURO 2012 chances
Friday night at 8:45 p.m., the Czech national team meets Russia, its first opponent in the group stage of the EURO 2012 soccer championships, hosted by Poland and the Ukraine. The Czechs will also be playing Greece and Poland in the group stage. Ahead of the kick-off, we spoke to Czech soccer star Pavlína Ščasná-Nováková, who previously has played with FC Bayern Munich as well as other international teams, about the Czechs’ chances, the health of the squad’s star players and the strengths of the national team.
Our first match is against Russia. What kind of opponent are they and what are the challenges in this game?
“Russia is a very strong opponent, they are confident that they will reach the quarterfinals. But I don’t think that it will be easy for them. I think the Czechs will make this first group game a very difficult one for Russia today, they will play strong defense and Russia will not have an easy game to play They have a strong forward, Andrei Arshavin, and midfield player, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, they both play for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and Andrei Arshavin has foreign experiences in the Premier League. But hopefully they will not play their best game against the Czechs and I hope that our team will celebrate a success with its defense today.”
“I don’t have any more information than what the media have, but everyone hopes that Tomáš Rosický will be able to play. Milan Baroš is in a bit worse shape, let’s hope that he also can play today. But if he can’t, that is not such a big problem. Rosický is more important for the team, he is a crucial player, so hopefully he can play.”