After all, Pilsen was almost a dead club at the start of the preliminary rounds of the Champions League, going into debt. Nevertheless, it managed to win the league and advance to the main stage of the Champions League, the hundred million bonuses from participation in the basic group saved the club.
Given the circumstances, this feat alone is admirable. Now Pilsen was going to face the world giant. After years of fasting, in addition to being extremely hungry, and with the elite striker Robert Lewandowski, whom Barcelona acquired in the summer for 50 million euros (1.25 billion crowns)
The West Bohemians played on it without experience of clashes with the highest quality. As many as seven Victorians from the starting line-up played in the Champions League for the first time. For example, defender Václav Jemelka. The biggest matches of his career so far were three months ago in the league in Olomouc. Or sikula Adam Vlkanova. As recently as last spring, he played in the second Czech league for Hradec Králové.
It was evident that in terms of speed, dynamism and individual skills, Barcelona was a class higher. That’s just the way it is. It would have to be a miracle for the Czech champion to resist such quality. Of course, it did not happen, although the Victorians secretly hoped for it. So they could have dramatized the match if Chorý reduced it to 2:3 in the second half.
But even if the Pilsen striker converted, the chances of a point gain would be low. In short, Viktoria did not have an excellent opponent led by hat-trick author Lewandowski on Wednesday. Dot.