November 8, 2012
Prochazka wary of Hapoel
Team Stat Comparison
|Viktoria Plzen||Hapoel Tel-Aviv|
|Goals for *||2.7||0.3|
|Goals against *||0.3||2.0|
|Last 5 home||L-W-W-W-W||W-L-L-W|
|Last 5 away||D-W-D-W-L||L-L-D-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Viktoria Plzen | Hapoel Tel-Aviv|
Viktoria Plzen defender Vaclav Prochazka insists his side will not take Hapoel Tel-Aviv lightly despite their win over the Israelis a fortnight ago.
Plzen took an important step towards the knockout stages with a 2-1 away win that was only earned after falling behind to Hanan Maman's 19th-minute opener.
The Czech side snatched the lead away with goals from skipper Pavel Horvath and Frantisek Rajtoral either side of half-time before Iyad Khutaba's 64th-minute dismissal effectively ended hopes of a Hapoel comeback.
Prochazka, who missed the game in Tel-Aviv through injury, admits his side had been lucky to leave Israel with victory and expects a tough night.
"Every match is different. We cannot think that just because we won in in Israel we will here,'' he told the club's official website.
"To think that is rubbish because Hapoel is a quality team.
"We can not afford to be as open as we were in the first 30 minutes in Israel.
"We were a little reckless going into attack. It was a bit crazy.
"We have to play a little smarter at home. We can not leave open spaces for their breakaways which can be very dangerous.''
Prochazka returned to the club in the summer and is hoping for a recall to the squad after his injury lay-off. A sell-out crowd is expected at the Plzen Stadium and the 28-year-old is desperate to play.
"Everyone is excited although I am looking forward to it more because I have missed a few games due to injury,'' he said.
"It looks like being sold out and we rely on that. Our fans are our driving force.''
Hapoel have arrived in the Czech Republic knowing that anything short of victory will see them crash out of the competition.
Yossi Abukasis' side have managed a draw and two defeats so far to be five points adrift of Plzen, who are unbeaten at home in their past six European ties.
Hapoel will be without defender Khutaba following his dismissal a fortnight ago.