Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner was upbeat about his chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of Euro 2008, despite their 3-1 defeat to Portugal in their second Group A game.
The Czechs began the tournament with a 1-0 win against Switzerland but Bruckner was happier with their display against Portugal.
“We had more chances to score than in the first match,” said the 68-year-old.
“There were serious problems in attack in the first match and that was not the case in this match.”
Bruckner made two changes to his starting line-up, replacing Jan Koller with Milan Baros and Marek Matejovsky with David Jarolim.
“I made two changes and I think they played pretty well,” said Bruckner. “Some players fared better than against Switzerland.
“In the first half, we proved we are a good team. We know how to play in defence and in attack.”
Bruckner singled out Jaroslav Plasil, Baros and Matejovsky for praise.
“Plasil was excellent and Baros also proved he is a high-quality player,” he said.
“Matejovsky played well in the first half and had enough strength in the first half.
“In the second half, we saw the team get a bit tired and our opponents put in a perfect performance in attack.
“They did not go for counter-attacking only – they were able to make perfect transitions from attack to defence.
“Portugal played very well but it’s not over for us.”
The Czech Republic face Turkey in their final group game with the winners guaranteed a place in the last eight.
“We still have the third match and we are ready for that.”