Nations League: Scotland faces tough Czech challenge after Covid chaos

Nations League: Scotland faces tough Czech challenge after Covid chaos
West Ham United Summer signatory Thomas Soussek (center) is central to the Czech system.
Location: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Wednesday, October 14 Kick-off: 19:45 BST
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The Kovid-19 epidemic has devastated much of the world’s population and football, as we have seen, is not far off.

Domestically and internationally, we are seeing positive results dominate the headlines and dominate the managers’ line-ups.

Scotland are no different, with head coach Steve Clarke putting those issues aside to lead his side to an unbeaten run in seven games.

If they make it eight for the first time since the late 1980s, they will have to do so against the most coronavirus-affected European teams.

The Czech Republic were forced to leave their entire team alone shortly after the spectacular 3-1 victory over Slovakia in the match-day match of the Nation League campaign.

A tweet late last night indicates that their next match – against the Scots – will not be played in three days.

As we now know, this game was played with Clarke’s men against an impressive Czech team, while the A and B teams were helpless in Bratislava.

It was a challenging night, however, with Scotland coming back from behind to win the match thanks to Lyndon Dykes’ first international goal and Ryan Christie’s penalty.

It will be a tough test though, once again, the Czechs have shone again by challenging their team.

However, the team that will take to the field in Hampden will be more in tune with the team that returns to Scotland’s national stadium for the European Championships next summer.

In fact, following the home defeat to Scotland, Jaroslav Silhavi’s side won 2-2 – a friendly in Cyprus and another match in Israel. Points left behind. .

To see players

Matej Vidra of the Czech Republic celebrates a goal against Israel
Burnley striker Matej Vidra wins Czech second goal 2-1 over Israel

Vladimir Darida

The Czech captain is the team’s most experienced man and one of the last two European Championships veterans. However, the checks are not with the superstars of the past, such as Tomas Rossky or Powell Naveed, heading for a well-drained side in the middle of Dreida Park. Hertha Berlin’s midfielder is a consistent performer and hopes to make it to the Euros in June with a hat-trick.

Thomas Sa Ou Sak

The 25-year-old turned a loan into a permanent deal at West Ham United this summer after defending champions Slavia Prague. Saussure partnered England international Declan Rice in David Moyes’ engine room and followed in the footsteps of legends Rosky, Nedweed, Patrick Berger, Peter Sech and his captain Darida, known as the Czech Player of the Year in 2020.

Matij Vaidra

Burnley’s striker was on the scoresheet in Haifa against Israel as the Czechs were placed on Scots’ coat-tail as part of the League of Nations. Although he is not a good scorer at club level, he is a major front for visitors in the constant absence of new Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrick Schick, who was one of the positive test takers last month.

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