Ireland match "do or die" for Czech football team
Wednesday has been called "do or die" for the Czech national football squad if the team hopes to compete at Euro 2008 next year in Austria and Switzerland. To secure a tighter hold on the crucial second spot in Group D the Czechs would ideally need to win Wednesday night against visitors Ireland, but many pundits are sceptical that will happen.
"I think that unfortunately for him he doesn't have many options, because when he lost Koller for this game (yellow cards) there are not many opportunities to improve the offense. There is only Rosicky and the rest, I think, are average. If we compare it with the team at Euro 2004, where players like Nedved, Poborsky, Galasek, and Rosicky were at their best form - that was one of the best midfield lines in Europe. I think that now we have only an average midfield now. The Czech team is now in a phase of 'rebuilding' - looking for new players."
RP: What kind of opponent is Ireland for the Czechs?
RP: Do you think that the Czechs still have a good or fair chance to reach Euro 2008? They are currently 2nd in Group D behind Germany...
"Of course they still have a good chance but if they draw in their current form they can have more complications than they expect. To be honest I don't expect that the Czech Republic will win Wednesday's match and a draw would complicate the situation for Czechs because they would find themselves under enormous pressure. In short, I think that the situation in Group D will still be open after Wednesday's game."