Illustrative photo – Coach of the Czech national team, Jan Suchopárek.
Batumi (Georgia) – Coach Jan Suchopárek does not think that the European Championship is over for the Czech under-21 footballers after the opening 0:2 loss against England. He thinks that the match must motivate the players to continue working thanks to a balanced performance with the favorite.
The “Lion Cubs” will face Germany on Sunday, which did not convert two penalties against Israel (1:1) and did not use the half-time overtime. The Czechs will finish the group next Wednesday against Israel.
“The championship is certainly not over for us and I believe that we will score goals in the next matches. The first half showed that the players are well prepared, but the goals scored are decisive. And we didn't score them ,” Suchopárka quoted the website of the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR) from the press conference.
The Czechs created several chances in the opening act, but did not convert any of them. “The players must be motivated by such a match, because they proved, especially in the first half, that they were able to torment one of the favorites of the entire tournament and create far more opportunities than in the previous two matches combined. But goals belong to football and decide. We didn't score them , but we will give them in the next two matches and see how it turns out,” said the European vice-champion from 1996.
England scored both goals after the change of sides and defeated the “Lion Cubs” for the fourth time in a row. She was successful against them twice in the qualification as well. “Unfortunately, at the beginning of the second half, just like in the last game against England, we conceded and that goal significantly changed the course of the game. Our activity suffered as a result, and we were unable to take advantage of even the single opportunity in the second half,” said Suchopárek.