|24 July 2013|
|Richard Fousek led the Czech Republic to a sixth-place finish at last year's U16 European Championship Women|
Czech Republic head coach Richard Fousek isn't getting carried away by his team's podium topping exploits at the recent European Youth Olympic Festival, after warning life will be much tougher at the U16 European Championship Women in Bulgaria next month.
The team returned from the event in Utrecht with the gold medal after harvesting four wins from five games and securing a 67-61 win against France in the Final.
Whilst it proved an excellent part of preparation, Fousek is anticipating a vastly more difficult challenge when his team step out in Varna.
"Winning this tournament can clearly be considered as a success," said the coach.
"We won through hard work and some honest training by the girls which was quite challenging.
"We also had a height advantage in our favour, although all the tournament matches were balanced.
"I would be careful of the forecast for Bulgaria," warned Fousek.
"The U16 European Championship Women will be very different.
"The teams will be balanced and if you lose a game, then you are under pressure.
"In addition, we are in a group of death with France, Hungary and Slovakia.
"Yes, we won the European Youth Olympic Festival, but we will still have to keep the girls prepared for the matches in Bulgaria which will be very difficult for us."
Czech Republic tip-off their Group D campaign in a re-match of their European Youth Olympic Festival Final against France on 1 August.