“The absence of Otter is a big complication for us. We had four spikes, with this number you can vary at the top with the setup. Or just the switching factor itself, when you exchange piece for piece. Now our room for maneuver has narrowed rapidly,” sighed Koubek at Wednesday’s press conference in the Doosan Arena.
Only Tomáš Chorý and the unplayed Jan Kliment were left at his disposal. “I can’t imagine if there was another blackout. We got into a more tense situation in this position, but we have to deal with it somehow,” added the 72-year-old coach.
Due to the low workload of Kliment, it is certain that the number one striker in Pilsen is the fresh representative Chorý. He will start in the starting line-up against Zagreb.
“If Rafiu was healthy, he would definitely start with Zagreb. Now, because of his and Oydrys’ injuries, I’m number one. But it’s not just about me, it’s about the whole team, how it will work. I will want to help him as much as I can,” declared Chorý, who received the prime minister’s invitation to the national team. Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý nominated him for the final duels of the qualification for Euro 2024 in Poland and with Moldova.
“Honestly, I did not expect the nomination. We went through all the youth representative categories, but this is my first time in the A team. But qualification is secondary now, I’m concentrating on the important match with Dinamo,” said Chorý.
Plzeň is certain – if they win over Zagreb, they will advance to the spring elimination part of the competition ahead of time. And if Ballkani were to draw with Astana at the same time, no one would be able to topple Viktoria from first place. Her duel with Dinamo Zagreb will start at Doosan Arena on Thursday at 18.45.