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Michal Bilek: 'we have a chance to go through'
Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012 by SNTV


The Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek admitted on Wednesday he would not mind history repeating itself as his team prepared to face Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.


SOUNDBITE: (Czech) Michal Bilek, Czech Republic coach:

"Of course we will concentrate on our own game. We know Portugal have a lot of dangerous players in midfield and also in the forwards - Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo. Ronaldo is an excellent player and we have that in mind and will adjust our tactics to be more defensive."

SOUNDBITE: (Czech) Michal Bilek, Czech Republic coach:

"Of course we remember that match, it was exceptional that the Czech football reached the final. The quarter-finals and the lob of Karel Poborsky was amazing and of course we would like to repeat that result. I think this situation is similar. Portugal is also a favourite with strong individual players and a strong team. I think that if we perform as we have the previous two matches, we have a chance to go through."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia