EURO 2020 GROUP D
Manager Jaroslav Silhavy The 59-year-old took on a tough job when replacing Karel Jarolim in 2018 but he is turning Czech fortunes around. He previously led Slovan Liberec and Slavia Prague to domestic title successes and has steered the national team to their seventh successive Euros. Record P 25 W 14 D 1 L 10 All games Strengths • Midfield balance • Powerful engine room • A strong attacking focal point Weaknesses • Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik has been out of favour at Sevilla • Central defensive strength • Limited playmaking options Prospects Czech Republic have made good progress in recent years but the absences of first-choice defender Ondrej Kudela and winger Lukas Provod could harm their chances of challenging the big guns. They have every chance of getting out of the group but may struggle to go further. Inside info Lukas Hosek Journalist The Czechs are not favourites to qualify from Group D, but we have seen in the past that underdogs can make a big impact. Jaroslav Silhavy has seen some of his players reach the Europa League quarter-finals with Slavia Prague, while Coufal and Soucek have shone with West Ham.