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Bilek slams Scottish approach

07 Oct 2010 19:30:38

Bilek slams Scottish approach

Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek has branded Scotland's style of play as "unpleasant" as they prepare to face Craig Levein's men again in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier.

The Czechs suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Scots in a friendly at Hampden back in March, handing Levein victory in his first match in charge of the national team. Scott Brown was the hero on the night with the only goal of the game and Bilek expects much the same approach when the two nations meet again in this clash in Prague.

"When we played Scotland the last time, the style was pretty unpleasant," he said.

"I'm not trying to say they're like the typical Scottish and English teams of 30 years ago.

"What I mean is they are pretty aggressive and fight for every inch of the pitch, like they did in March.

"They don't create many chances but they can be productive. They may play a similar style to Lithuania, probably a 4-5-1, relying on quick breakaways."

The build-up to the match has been dominated by headlines suggesting Kenny Miller is set to be dropped for Scotland, amid reports Levein could opt for an unusual 4-2-2-2 formation without a recognised front-man.

But Bilek dismissed such a suggestion and fully expects Miller to play a key role for the Scots.

"I certainly don't think we will face an opposition side without a striker," he said.

"I remember Kenny Miller, he is a top class player and I don't think they will be as defensive as you are suggesting. I don't think they will make a change from the 4-5-1 system."


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