The Czech Republic made it to the quarter final round of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship and now has a strong chance to get a ticket for the semi-finals if they beat Portugal. As we previously remarked “the Czech squad must not go overlooked” and its stars should be feared by opponents. This is the case of Petr Jiráček.
The 26 years-old midfielder of VfL Wolfsburg has 2 goals in 3 appearances during the group stage. He scored the winning goal to beat Poland last Saturday and has been a fundamental piece on the Michel Bílek scheme since the qualifying round.
Jiráček has been compared to legendary star Pavel Nedvěd, however, he rejects comparisons:
They keep comparing us but I think it’s a foolish thing to do. The team then was almost the best team in Europe and they proved it in each match as well as in tournaments (…) Maybe we’re a bit under pressure from that point of view, because the Czech team had such a good name and now people expect us to reach the final every time. So, maybe we’re at a bit of a disadvantage. But we’re trying to achieve the same success, and we’ll see if we manage to do it: Petr Jiráček.
Czech Republic will face Portugal on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at National Stadium (Warsaw).
June 20th, 2012.