Petr Cech has called on the Czech Republic to respond to their crushing Euro 2012 defeat against Russia with victory against Greece this evening.
Cech and his team-mates were found wanting as Dick Advocaat’s side secured a 4-1 win in Wroclaw on Friday, with Greece’s 1-1 draw with Poland meaning they now sit bottom of Group A.
Defeat at the Stadion We Wroclaw this evening would mean elimination from the tournament for the Czech Republic and Cech says they will use their frustration at defeat against Russia as motivation to emerge victorious tonight
‘I think the anger has changed into determination. Determination to fix the bad start we had in the tournament," said the Chelsea 'keeper. 'We felt the disappointment immediately afterwards, for sure.
‘We did not succeed in any way in that first match, but we know we have another 180 minutes to play to allow us to qualify for the quarter-finals. So we're determined to do just that.
'The only lessons we learned were not to make unnecessary mistakes and to play much more aggressively,' acknowledged the 30-year-old. 'They had a lot of space and they have some very good players, so they were able to use that.
“We attacked them too late in the game, and they had already created their chances and scored them. We do not want to repeat those same mistakes and we will, of course, play more solidly in defence.'
Greece will be without Sokratis Papastaphopoulos after he was sent off in their frenetic opening day draw against Greece, and Cech believes his side have learned a lot about tonight’s opponents from their game against Poland.
“I think Greece will play the same way they played in the first match - they will defend well and will wait for counter-attacks,' he said.
‘The result of the first match means we have to go out and be attacking in our second game. But it will not be all-out attack as that would open us up at the back and would allow the Greeks to counter-attack.'
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