Praha Coach Rallies The Troops

21 December 2006

USK Praha coach Lubor Blazek has stressed the importance of Thursday night's home game with MiZo Pecs to his side's chances of qualifying for the next round of EuroLeague Women.

Praha have won just one of their opening seven games but still have an excellent chance of advancing with 16 of the 18 teams involved in the group stage going through.

Pecs have been poor on the road this season and Blazek is hoping that run will continue in the Czech capital.

He told "Pecs have lost all of their games away from home and I hope it will not change in Prague on Thursday.

"A win over Pecs will help us a  lot because we need the second win in this competition. We need to win this game to have a  good chance."

Blazek does have a number of selection worries, however.

"(Grace) Daley and (Marketa) Mokrosova have health problems.

Mokrosova started to train on Wednesday morning so I hope she will play on Thursday.

"I believe we have a big chance to win on Thursday despite these problems."

Praha went down 74-68 to Halcon Avenida in Salamanca last time out but Blazek insists there will be no psychological scars from that loss when they take to the court on Thursday.

"I do not think my players have mental problems after we lost the game in Salamanca," he added.

"We played well there and everything was in order - except the final result.

"There are some experienced and quality opponents in our group so there is no shame to lose to these teams after a good performance.

"My players proved in Salamanca that they can play a close game with one of the favourites in our group."

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