The Czech team is undefeated after four out of eight qualifying matches with a record of two wins and two draws, but the home draw against Albania in September complicated the fight for the championship. Moldova, third, has the same points as Šilhávé’s selection, and Poland, fourth, loses two more. The table is closed by the Faroe Islands, which the national team will host on Sunday in Pilsen during the duel on the second of October. The Czechs played one match less than all other opponents.
“The Czechs as such, and not just us, if they have the will to do it, they can do it and win the match. I believe we will succeed. I perceive that the opponent is of high quality and the “Enthusiasm can be felt from all sides. They have a great chance (to proceed), but I think our players are in a similar situation,” Šilhavý said.
Two teams from each group will qualify for next year’s European Championship in Germany, and the remaining three tournament places will be contested in play-offs by the 12 countries that failed to complete the classic qualification. The Czech national team has never been absent since the federation’s division at the Euro.
Šilhávy feels the pressure, but believes the team can handle it
“It’s a qualifying match to get to the European Championship, where we want. Our goal is to get there. This match is very important for us. Of course we feel the pressure, but I think it “This is normal,” said Šilhavý.
His team will defend their unbeaten record this year in Albania, but they have drawn three out of six matches this year and drew both meetings in September. Although the Albanians did not score at the start of the qualification, they did not experience the bitterness of defeat in the next four duels and last time they beat Poland 2:0 at home.
“We know what awaits us. We have seen the environment, the Albanians have a lot of temperament. Resilient players must start. It may hurt, but we want victory,” continued Šilhavý, whose contract with the team will expire at the end. of the diploma. In the event of promotion, it is automatically extended until the final tournament.
Among other things, the Czech team must prepare for the stormy environment of the Tirana stadium which can accommodate 22,000 spectators. The match generated enormous interest; the Albanian association reportedly recorded up to 300,000 ticket requests. The Balkan team has won 2:0 three times in a row at home.
“It will be a bit stormy, but we will see how much. The Albanians will want to take advantage of the local environment, on the other hand, we are not a crazy team that should ruin everything. It is impossible for them to We know about what we play. I believe if we get off to a start we can dominate,” said defender Jakub Brabec.
The Albanians believe they have a great chance of qualifying for the final tournament for the second time in their history. So far, they have only participated in a major event in 2016, without progressing from the group to the Euros. “We have three finals ahead of us, we have to approach each of them as before. It all starts on Thursday. A victory against the Czechs would be a big step towards our long-awaited promotion. It is extremely important, but still not decisive “, reflected Brazilian coach Sylvino Albanais.
Due to injury, one of their mainstays, defender Ardian Ismajli, was ruled out of the nomination, while recovered Chelsea striker Armando Broja returned to the team.
In addition to long-time shooter Patrik Schick, Šilhavý is missing, among others, Alex Král, and in his place Michal, the youngest of the Sadílk brothers, will probably be placed in reserve. Given the importance of the match, neither coach can expect big changes to the starting lineup. Sparta Prague midfielder Qazim Laci, who was unable to participate in the September duel in Eden due to illness, is also in the Albanian nomination.
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