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Genktegenstander Slavia Prague: tactical, collective, and physically strong

This week resumes the Europa League, Genk that visit draws with Slavia Prague. Sport/Voetbalmagazine sent already an editor up front, who came back with the next scoutingsverslag.

Miroslav Stoch, sterkhouder of the team, is hugged by his Slavia-mates. © AFP

Slavia had in the near past a lot of problems. Five seasons ago, fought it to the last day against relegation and three years ago, the financially ailing club taken over by the Chinese. The in 2008 completely rebuilt Eden Arena bears now the name of the investors: Sinobo Stage. It was in the new year as the leader with four points ahead of Plzen.

During the rest of the practice game against the resembled FK Usti nad Labem in the Evzena Rosickehostadion, where Slavia during the construction of its new arena games played, we find Jiri Cihak, Slaviawachter for iDNES.cz. In addition to the kapitaalkracht of the new owners, he writes that the success largely to the work of sports manager Jan Nezmar and coach Jindrich Trpisovsky.

“They are last winter they both came from FC Slovan Liberec, where they together excellent work delivered, and has since been much improved. The Chinese, who also own the Chinese first division Beijing Sinobo Guoan, want to here a large Central-European club that play Champions League, but they moeien is not in the athletic policy. Money for them is not a problem, but more importantly, it is well spent. The tradition is also respected: Slavia does it still eight to nine Czechs in the base, and is now trying to be the best youth players of the country to attract.’

We see a team that his opponent, still one of the top teams in the league, after a 1-0-stand-by in the second half of all run plays. It is 8-0 with a goal by Peter Olayinka, a Nigerian striker who last season for Zulte Waregem came out. Slavia shows that it is a collectively strong team, with the midfielders with the number 22 and the number 17 as the most notable players. The one is the defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek and the other the small offensive midfielder Miroslav Stoch.

“It is a physically strong team of workers that execute what the coach asks,” says our Czech colleague. ‘In the own league, they are very offensive, since they win prefer with 4-3 than 1-0, but in Europe they take the more conservative.’ This is evident from the statistics. In Europe Leaguepoule with Zenit, Bordeaux and Copenhagen scored for Slavia in six games but four times and got the only three goals against. “They were there a convincing impression,” says Cihak. ‘Actually, they were better than group winners Zenit, that at home they knocked.’

On the Prague-based Czech football association calls Otakar Mestek, head of grassroots department, the current Slavia a typical Czech team. ‘Collective set up, tactically strong, with a good team spirit, a young coach who in his trainerscarrière no steps missed and two, three strong players.’

He explains the DNA of the Czech football with a pleasantry. “There are three categories of football. Countries of whiskey, such as England, are for power. Countries that wine is preferable, such as Spain, are more technical. And countries where they prefer to drink beer, such as the Czech republic and Belgium, are mostly tactical and collective set.’

Read the full report about voetbalstad Prague in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 13 February.

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