Czech League football 2016 and on

Discussion in 'Czech Republic' started by ASU55RR, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    The first European match of knock outs was yesterday, I still need to watch the highlights at some point but it finished Galatasaray 3 - 2 Sparta in Istanbul. On paper that's not a terrible result with a return match in Prague, but from fan reactions and some basic stats that I've seen it seems like Sparta really blew it with poor goalkeeping and a few crucial mistakes.

    Still a 1 goal deficit is very easy to reverse in Prague.
     
  2. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta 4 - 1 Galatasaray (6-4 agg)

    After a tense and even first half the home team took the initiative after halftime. They didn't get there breakthrough until a reckless red card gave them a man advantage, then 3 goals in the last 20 minutes made it look more comfortable than it was.

    Sparta join Slavia in the round of 16.
     
  3. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Round of 16 Draws

    Europa League:

    Slavia - Milan
    Sparta - Liverpool

    Europa Conference League:

    Plzen - Servette

    Really attractive opponents for the Prague teams, as they more or less play the best teams remaining in the tournament. They will be underdogs, but if you are going to get past the Round of 16 in this competition you have to beat big opponents. For Plzen a more workable opponent, but not a particularly interesting one.

    We currently have 12.75 coefficient points this season (we generally average in the 5 or 6 point range) which means we are the 6th highest point league so far this season, narrowly behind Spain, so all 3 clubs can take a bow regardless of what happens. Plzen is our best chance to get into the top 10 during this season, but we will start the next season in the top 10 since we lose the awful 2019/20 season from our 5 year total.
     
  4. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    So we’re already guaranteed to be top 10 next season and have a Champions League spot secured for the league winner? I’m not as familiar with the coefficient system.

    Otherwise, a tough but very appealing draw for the Prague teams who also happen to play each other twice this week.

    I’m still sticking with Sparta to win the league again, unless they shock Liverpool and make a deep Europa League run that distracts their title pursuit.
     
  5. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    I have a gut feeling one of the Prague teams will advance.
     
  6. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Safe to say it won't be Sparta, very harsh scoreline relative to the match as a whole, but they were still always a distant 2nd.

    Slavia looking much more up to it, but still early.
     
  7. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Well that was stupid. Straight red for Diouf likely to kill Slavia's match plan. They were the better side when it was 11-v-11 but now they have to hold on for 60 minutes
     
  8. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    I felt going in that Slavia were more likely to advance, but didn’t want to completely rule out Sparta.. however they’re obviously out now.

    I agree that Slavia looked up to it until that red card. Such a shame.

    I guess with how well the group stages went, we were due for that one disastrous match day all around. It was inevitable.
     
  9. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Slavia pulled one back, if they can limit the final deficit to 1 or even better draw it they still have a shot in the return leg.
     
  10. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Live look at Servette - Plzen

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  11. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Cruel results yesterday, but a reminder that there are levels to this, no matter how much Czech clubs have improved recently (more so Sparta than anyone).

    Slavia deserves credit too and if not for that red card, a possibly different outcome. Had they not conceded that late fourth goal, I’d of given them a fair shot at still advancing, but erasing a two-goal deficit seems very unlikely.

    Plzen remarkably have conceded just one goal in seven Conference League matches now.
     
  12. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Plzen are the last team standing in Europe, they would need 1 draw in the next round for us to enter the top 10, but I think even the relatively easier draws are beyond plzen
     
  13. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    So basically a repeat of last week then.

    Sparta destroyed on the scoreline again, but this time genuinely humiliated themselves. Priske deserves blame for not approaching this game with more caution and still recklessly playing out from the back.

    On that note, Vindahl and the entire defence (minus Preciado) have all been shockingly bad at points throughout this new year and become so error prone suddenly.

    Slavia were again dismantled by an early red card, but this one was a terrible call (AC Milan players / staff even admitted so). I truly believe they’d of advanced if not for those two red cards.

    Plzen with another stale 0-0, but for 120+ minutes instead. The clear MOTM was Jedlicka who came up with clutch saves and then stopped two penalties. They’ve been in the best form of all three teams lately.

    Also special shoutout to Schick for his late game heroics in Leverkusen’s comeback win to remain unbeaten on the season.
     
  14. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Plzen will play Fiorentina, not quite the worst draw, but still very heavy underdogs. Fiorentina did struggle with Maccabi Haifa, who really aren't much different than Plzen in terms of budget & roster.
     
  15. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    HT Plzen 0 - Fiorentina 0

    It's basically what you'd expect, although Plzen probably had the best chance of the half with Vydra putting one narrowly wide.
     
  16. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    FT Plzen 0 - 0 Fiorentina

    That was... something. It's basically how people that hate this sport usually describe it, but I think the combined xG for both teams was less than 0.5

    It was, however an extremely significant result as Plzen gave us just enough points to overtake Scotland on the current coefficient meaning that in the 25/26 season our champion will go straight into Champions League group stages. We also are in a strong position to keep a top 10 spot for an extra season or two with this season compared to what's about to go out of our coefficient score.

    Also, Plzen haven't conceded a goal in Europe since the first match of the group stages.
     
  17. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Plzen’s luck has runout and they were eliminated in extra time by Fiorentina. An incredible European run that deserves praise and as mentioned above, the ultimate coefficient goal was fulfilled.

    In the domestic competition, Slavia are at risk of a third consecutive season without a title after a disastrous last two rounds that saw their one point lead over Sparta fall to a four point deficit.

    Both teams are actually ahead of their point pace from last season, but the competition has increased again this year with almost no margin for error.
     
  18. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    They took Fiorentina to extra time despite being a man down for much of the match. I wouldn't be surprised if conference league put Hranac and Jedlicka on a few scout lists abroad.

    Next year it will be interesting to see how much Sparta or Slavia care to compete in Europa or ECL if they know winning will put them in Champions League with the big payout.
     
  19. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    The decisive showdown between Slavia and Sparta of course ended in a fairly uninteresting 0-0. While not mathematically certain yet, this more or less wins it for Sparta since they are 4 pts clear and the only team left that can reasonably be expected to take points are Plzen. The gap between the top of the league and the rest this year is big even by Czech league standards,
     
  20. adam CZ

    adam CZ Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Sparta completed the double after beating Plzen yesterday. An ugly game with an even uglier finish that saw Plzen “fans” charge across the field to attack the Sparta section with riot police needing to intervene post-match.

    Also, former players Mario Holek and Vaclav Prochazka had a chair thrown at them while doing field level analysis for CT Sport..

    It’s tough to say which one of them will prioritize the league more next season, but at the moment, I have to imagine Slavia will focus solely on reclaiming the title.

    With that said, it’s quite possible that next season could be the last for both Priske and Trpisovsky if the former wins another title and the latter goes four consecutive seasons without one.

    Sparta do have the most to lose though in the next few transfer windows making a potential three-peat very difficult.
     
  21. ASU55RR

    ASU55RR Member+

    Jul 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY/Brno,CZ
    Club:
    FC Zbrojovka Brno
    Nat'l Team:
    Czechia
    Believe it or not, we are only a few weeks away from competitive matches resuming in what is now called Chance liga.

    My personal opinion is that Plzen have so far won the off season among the top teams, but not sure its enough to close the gap with Sparta and Slavia.

    My main interest now is European competitions, where we had an incredible season in terms of results last year. Will we equal it? It's too early to say... but definitely not. This season we start with:

    Champions League qualifying:

    Slavia (3rd Round, League Path, Seeded team)
    Sparta (2nd Round, Champions Path)

    Sparta are awaiting the winner of Vikingur Reykjavik and Shamrock Rovers, both teams they would be considered extremely heavy favorites against.

    Europa League

    Plzen (3rd Round, Main Path, Seeded team)

    Europa Conference League

    Banik Ostrava (2nd Round)
    Mlada Boleslav (2nd Round)

    Ml Boleslav will face Lithuanian Champions FK TrainsINVEST. They are probably favorites, but Boleslav just don't look a European team.

    Banik Ostrava on the other hand are a somewhat a ambitious club, and they await the winner or Tallinna Kalev (EST) and Urartu (ARM), both of whom they should beat.
     

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