Nations League: Czech vs Scotland





The Czech Republic took on Scotland in Monday night's UEFA Nations League match at Olomouc, despite the hosts threatening to withdraw from the match. The Czechs on Friday announced they had no intention of completing the matches due to concerns about the coronavirus virus, but UEFA said Group B2 matches would go according to plan.

As for the Czech Republic, in an unexpected turn on Saturday afternoon they announced that they would be using a completely different team from the one used against Slovakia. That means players like Krmencik, Jakub Jankto and Adam Hlozek won't be present. Jaroslav Silhavy's side kicked off their Nations League campaign with an away 3-1 win over Slovakia on Friday, thanks to goals from Vladimir Coufal, Borek Dockal and Michael Krmencik. However, an hour or so after the final whistle in Bratislava, the Czech Republic announced on Twitter that Monday's game against Scotland will not take place. The Czech preparations for that match were severely disrupted because Tomas Soucek and Patrik Schick had to quarantine themselves after coming into contact with a behind-the-scenes staff who tested positive for the virus. To make matters worse with Silhavy, Slavia Prague requested the withdrawal of all seven players of their national team from the team. However, UEFA has pointed out to the Czech Republic that all matches must be played unless a team has less than 13 players, which is not the ideal preparation for the home team, and they enter. This match is quite unstable when winning 3 and losing 3 in the last 6 matches.

Clarke defended the use of three defenders against Israel, but he is expected to return to fourth-back on Monday, possibly allowing Scott McTominay to switch to central midfield. Queens Park Rangers striker Lyndon Dykes made his debut for the last time and appears to have done enough to keep his place in the attack. Celtic midfielder Christie has been involved in 7 goals in his previous 7 matches in Scotland - 2 goals, 5 assists - and is the best player of the match. Scotland still has a lot to do if they attend the rescheduled tournament, having finished 4th in their qualifying group to prepare a playoff match against Israel. Steve Clarke's men had a lot of test run ahead of that big game, having had a 1-1 draw with Israle at Hampden Park in Friday's Nations League clash.




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