>> Illustration photo – Training of the Czech national football team before matches in the Faroe Islands and Montenegro, June 12, 2023, Strahov, Prague. Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý speaks to the players.
Podgorica – The Czech footballers will finish the June program and the 2022/23 season with Tuesday's preparatory match in Montenegro. The representatives will try to build on Saturday's performance and win 3:0 in the European Championship qualification match in the Faroe Islands and win the fifth match between them. After the match in Tórshavn, seven players left the team on Sunday, and coach Jaroslav Šilhavý will have to slightly improvise with the lineup in Podgorica.
The Czech national team dominated the Faroe Islands and won easily after two goals from Václav Černý and one goal from Ladislav Krejčí Jr. Šilhávé's team scored their second victory in the qualifiers and after three group matches they lead the table with seven points.
“After this result, we will start better in Montenegro, even if it may be a bit improvised. Some players have disconnected , we have to put it together. Logically, the others who didn't play will get a chance,” Šilhavý, whose team lost only one of the last five games, told reporters.
Defenders Vladimír Coufal, Tomáš Holeš, David Jurásek and Krejčí, forwards Václav Jurečka and Jan Kuchta, and finally midfielder Alex Král left the team on the way from the Faroe Islands according to the agreement with the clubs. All seven players started in the starting lineup on Saturday. Šilhavy will assemble a completely new defense, changes will also occur at the point of attack and maybe also between the sticks.
According to the bookmakers, the Czech national team will be a slight favorite even in an improvised line-up. The national team won all four mutual duels and did not concede in them. The last time in September 2019, they won in Montenegro after a goalless half-time 3:0, they also eliminated the opponent in November 2011 in the play-off for the European Championship. The Balkan team, which broke away from Serbia, played its first match in March 2007 and has yet to qualify for any final tournament.
Montenegro held a goalless draw with Hungary at home in European qualifying on Saturday and have four points after three group games. They have failed to win five times in a row on their pitch.
Montenegrin coach Miodrag Radulovič will probably mix up the lineup more. Winger Vladimir Jovovič, who works in Jablonec in the Czech Republic, could get a chance.
The match in Podgorica will start on Tuesday at 18:00. Czech captain Tomáš Souček can claim his 60th start for the national team.
After the summer break, Šilhavé's men will meet again at the beginning of September, when the qualification will start again. The national team will play at home against Albania and then in the warm-up in Hungary.
Statistics before the warm-up football match:
Montenegro – Czech Republic
Kick-off: Tuesday 20 June, 18:00 (Podgorica).
Referees: De Gabriele – Spiteri, Scerri (all Malta).
FIFA ranking: 69th – 38th .
Montenegro – Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia): 4 0-0-4 0:9.
Montenegro – Czech Republic: 4 0- 0-4 0:9.
Czech Republic total balance: 327 174-62-91 580:330.
Czech Republic under coach Šilhavy: 48 23-7-18 70:60.
Last match between them (European Championship qualification, September 10, 2019, Podgorica):
Montenegro – Czech Republic 0:3 (0:0)
Goals: 54. Souček, 57. Masopust, 90.+5 Darida z pen. Referee: Palabiyik – Eyisoy, Olguncan (all Tur.). ŽK: Radunovič, Marušič – Jankto, Souček.
No. Mountain: Petkovič – Marušič, Lagator, Tomaševič, Radunović (73. Bečiraj) – Hočko, Vukčevič (68. Bakič) – Boljevič, Kosovič (73. Savičevič), Vešovič – Mugoša. Coach: Hadžibegič.
Czech Republic: Vaclík – Coufal, Čelůstka, Suchý (46. Brabec), Bořil – Darida, Souček – Masopust (77. Kopic), Král, Jankto – Schick (90. Krmenčík). Trainer: Silhavy.
No. Hora: Šarkič – Vujačič, Savič, Tomaševič – Vukčevič, Raickovič, Lončar, Radunovič – Jovovič, Hakšabanovič – Osmajič.
Czech Republic: Vaclík – Douděra, Brabec, Zima, Zelený – Černý, Souček, Provod, M Sadílek, Hložek – Caught.
Absence: Marušič – Čelůstka, Čvančara, Pešek, Schick (all injured), Lingr (illness), Barák (coach's decision), Coufal, Holeš, D. Jurásek, Jurečka , Král, Ladislav Krejčí II, Kuchta (all were given time off).
The best scorers from the nomination: Jovetič (31) – Souček (9).
– The Czech Republic won all 4 matches against each other and did not concede in them< /p>
– The Czech Republic won the last match between them in September 2019 in Č. Hora 3:0
– Č. Hora drew 0:0 with Hungary on Saturday in the European Championship qualification and after 3 group matches has 4 points
– The Czech Republic won 3:0 in the Faroe Islands on Saturday and leads the qualifying group without defeat after 3 matches
– Č. Hora has won only one of the last 7 matches and 2 times in she did not score herself
– Č. Hora did not win 5 times in a row at home
– Č. Hora has never started in the final tournament, in 2011 she lost in the play-off for the EC with the Czech Republic
– The Czech Republic lost only one of the last 5 matches and did not find a winner 3 times in a row
– The Czech Republic won away from home after 9 matches on Saturday (excluding the match against Belarus on neutral ground)
– Jovovič (Č. Hora) plays in the Czech Republic for Jablonec
– Souček (Czech Republic) can start the 60th game for the national team