“We now have three matches in seven days, from this point of view alone we have to spread the load. The players already know how we’re going to do it, but I wouldn’t want to reveal the cards before the game. But we have to spread the burden on the entire staff,” coach Miroslav Koubek is quoted as saying on the club’s website.
His team’s program at the end of autumn is quite demanding. On Sunday, he will present himself in Ostrava, where he will move directly from Tirana on Friday. The following Wednesday (December 6) West Bohemia has a playoff in Mladá Boleslav, and on Sunday (December 10) a home duel with České Budějovice. On Thursday, December 14, they will play the final match in the Conference League group against Astana, three days later they will play in Olomouc.
Viktoria has already received almost 190 million crowns in bonuses in the Conference League, which is a considerable amount for a club that was still on the verge of bankruptcy last summer. Each win in the group is rewarded by UEFA with the amount of 500 thousand euros (approximately 12.5 million crowns), which is why the triumph over Ballkani is tempting for them.
But. Pilsen won’t say it fully, but given the situation in the league and certain participation in the round of 16 of the Conference League, they have a given priority for the rest of the autumn. A domestic competition. “Of course we want to win with Ballkani. But we are already thinking about Sunday’s match in Ostrava, we are losing in the league,” says stopper Robin Hranáč.
Koubek did not want to reveal in advance how much Plzeň will rotate the line-up. However, he will probably reach for bigger changes, the one between the posts is not ruled out either, where the young Viktor Baier could get another chance. With a poor attack and the absence of the scorer Tomáš Choré, 18-year-old Pavel Hašek could make his debut in the Pilsen A-team.
The match at the stadium in Tirana, where the Czech national team lost to Albania in the qualifiers in October (0:3), will start on Thursday at 18:45.
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