Hurt Rosicky out for revenge
Tomas Rosicky is going all out to get his own back on Greece when the Czech Republic face the 2004 winners in a must-win clash today.
The Arsenal playmaker was part of the famous Czech side that lost to the Greeks in the semis eight years ago.
And now he wants revenge.
“It was the most painful loss for me with the national team,” Rosicky said. “We had no chance to come back.”
Back in 2004 the eventual champions scored seconds from the end of the first 15 minutes of extra-time, sending the team through to the final and forcing the Czechs to head home.
After losing 4-1 to Russia on Friday at Euro 2012, Rosicky and Co need a win over Greece on Tuesday at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw to have a chance of advancing from Group A.
“We have no other option than to beat Greece,” said goalkeeper Petr Cech, another veteran of the 2004 team.
JOACHIM LOEW hasn’t ruled out making a few changes for Germany’s much-anticipated match against the Netherlands tomorrow. The Germans made a winning start to their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Portugal on Saturday.
However, he’s told his squad he may well bring in some new faces.
“I am not one to say never change a winning team,” the Germany boss said. “It is possible that there are one or two changes. I do not rule it out.”