Rosicky's Koller inkling
Tomas Rosicky believes that Jan Koller's absence from the clash against Republic of Ireland could be a blessing in disguise.
By Vasek Kadlec
Last Updated: 09/09/07 8:44pm
Tomas Rosicky believes that Jan Koller's absence from Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Republic of Ireland could be a blessing in disguise.
Czech Republic are second in Group D, four points clear of the Irish, following their 3-0 win over San Marino.
But Koller will miss the home game against Ireland, after he picked up a suspension, and Rosicky has admitted that the ban is a big loss.
The towering striker is an obvious target, and the Czechs often look to his height as their main attacking outlet.
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However, the Arsenal midfielder has hinted that a change in their style of play could work in their favour.
"We will miss Koller a lot, no doubt about it. Considering the possible loss of Milan (Baros), it is going to b an unpleasant situation for us," Rosicky said.
"We have different types of strikers in the squad though, all fast which could be crucial against the Irish.
"We will have to play differently and perhaps, eventually it will come as an advantage for us."
Milan Baros is facing a battle to be fit for the clash, but team doctor Petr Krejci revealed that the chances of him playing are improving.
"Milan will try training on Monday and either he might be available for Wednesday," Krejci said.
"Previously, the chances of him playing were 1:99, now it is 40:60."
Head coach Karel Bruckner admitted that he has yet to work on a plan for life without Baros.
"So far I have not been considering tactics without Baros," Bruckner said.