Slovácko needs to beat Plovdiv by two goals to advance

Updates: 28.07.2021 19:21

Uherské Hradiště – Football players in Slovácko will try to use their home environment and beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv by at least two goals in Thursday’s retaliation for the 2nd preliminary round of the European Conference League. They need such a result in order to advance to the third preliminary round, because a week ago they lost to the Bulgarian vice-champion 0: 1 with a goal from the penultimate minute.

“Our desire is to advance and we will do our best for it,” coach Martin Svědík told a pre-match press conference, but added that his chances of advancement are still balanced after the first match.

The 0: 1 result from the first duel will determine in a way the tactics for Thursday’s revenge. “We have to be more active, we have our strategic plans, but the key to success will be to score the first goal as soon as possible,” said Svědík.

According to him, Sunday’s league victory in Liberec helped the team. “The team was very encouraged, the players got well,” he said. In the north of Bohemia, Svědík made several changes compared to the match in Bulgaria, for example, he let the slightly injured hitchhiker Hofmann rest. “Now all the players except Šašinka are fine,” the coach is pleased to be able to choose from a wide range.

It also includes forward Regino Cicilia, who was expelled after an unnecessary foul in Liberec. “He’s ready for the match, but he doesn’t have to play to make up for his stupidity. We have more options for building a line-up,” said Svědík, but he didn’t reveal more.

The visiting team lost in the Bulgarian league at the weekend with the champion Razgrad at home 1: 3 and coach Aleksandar Tunchev again built the strongest team. “It’s the beginning of the season, our players are physically well prepared,” he explained. “We have come here complete and we will do everything for success, which is a step forward,” Tunchev told reporters at an online conference.

The Bulgarian coach expects that Slovácko will want to equalize the score as soon as possible and will launch an attack. “We will be ready for that, Slovácko has a strong team with a number of individuals, especially in the persons of Kadlec and Petržela,” Tunčev said of two former Czech representatives.

As of this year’s European Cups, the rule about goals scored on the opponents’ pitches no longer applies, so after any one-goal win of Slovácko after 90 minutes, it is extended, or penalty kicks are decided.

The more successful of this pair will compete in the 3rd preliminary round with the better of the two-match FC Copenhagen – Žodino. The first match was won by the Danish team 4: 1. For the discarded, this year’s performance on the European scene will end.

Source: České noviny – sport by

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