The Czech Republic might have left the European Championship in tears after their quarterfinal exit by the hands of Denmark on Saturday however the nation can be proud of the performances that introduced them this far, coach Jaroslav Silhavy stated.
The Czechs have been wanting to make the semifinals for the primary time since 2004 however two first-half targets have been sufficient for Denmark to advance with a 2-1 win despite Patrik Schick’s second half objective giving them a glimmer of hope.
“We are very disenchanted. There have been some tears… It wasn’t straightforward, however I feel we managed one thing that we will be proud of,” Silhavy informed reporters.
“I’m very, very proud of my boys and I imagine the followers that watched us additionally should recognize our nice efficiency. We fought until the very finish. We needed to equalise and we didn’t. You may see how exhausted they have been.
“I thanked my gamers… they put in nice performances. Everybody had to give their all and we wanted to work as a group and that’s why we got here this far. Right now we’re very emotional and want to sleep it off, then we will consider many issues.”
Denmark’s first objective got here within the fifth minute to put the Czechs on the again foot however replays confirmed the nook from which Thomas Delaney scored with a header ought to by no means have been given because the ball got here off a Danish participant when it went out.
Silhavy refused to blame the officers for his facet’s defeat however stated the sport may have gone in a different way had they bought the choice proper.
“This was a mistake on the half of the referees, but it surely’s not like we will change it,” he stated. “I’m not saying this was a decisive second, but it surely did have an effect on the sport.”
Two halftime substitutions to give the group an attacking impetus proved to be fruitful when Schick halved the lead inside 4 minutes however the Czechs quickly ran out of gasoline.
“We despatched in two forwards and the system modified to 4-2-4, we managed to rating, put our opponents below strain and create probabilities,” Silhavy stated. “Our opponents began getting again into the sport after the primary 10 minutes of the second half.
“Denmark are tenth within the Fifa rating, we’re fortieth, so clearly it was going to be troublesome.”
But Silhavy felt the event was a “nice success” for the Czechs who can be taught from the expertise for the following one.
“We had younger gamers who may get a style of a giant event and they’re going to be prepared for future tournaments. We can even get again gamers who have been injured and couldn’t take part at this Euros,” he added.