We travel to Israel and a meeting with Hapoel Tel Aviv on Matchday Two of Group G having lost for only the second time in our history at home in Europe against the Spanish side. Hapoel lost to Anderlecht in their opener.
“We do need to win this game but I remember Slavia in the UEFA Cup a couple of years ago, they won one game and had one draw but went through on four points!” smiled Radek at Spurs Lodge.
“I think we’ll need a minimum of six points and hopefully that will start against Hapoel, although that won’t be easy. If we then manage to beat Aalborg at home, we should be okay.”
Radek – one of the most experienced European campaigners in the squad – is one of a few players at the club to have tasted football in Israel.
He can remember an InterToto Cup tie against an Israeli side early in his career in Slavia. “It’s always tough because nobody knows the players too well and Israel produces lots of good players.
“I remember playing in Israel in the InterToto Cup, it must have been 15 years ago, one of my first trips away with Slavia Prague. We won 2-0, but it was tough, very noisy and very hot.”
Radek Cerny is convinced we can recover from the loss against Getafe and still progress in the UEFA Cup.The Czech goalkeeper points to the example of his former club Slavia Prague in the 2005-06 campaign – the season after he left Prague to join us – when Slavia won just one of their group matches but managed to squeeze through with only four points!