The biggest date in the football calendar these days are the meetings between Sparta Praha and Viktoria Plzeň. The Prague derby between Sparta and Slavia may be where the traditional rivalries lie in the country, but with Plzeň’s rise in recent years the games between the two clubs have taken on almost a vitriolic edge as the two clubs duke it out over the Gambrinus Liga championship. Here are five things we learnt from their encounter tonight
With two teams being guaranteed automatic entry to Euro 2016, and the Czech Republic being part of the second group of seeds, there was a cautious optimism that Pavel Vrba could ensure a successful qualification campaign. However, the Czechs were handed arguably the more competitive groups there are.
With Pavel Vrba departed for the Czech national side, Plzeň talked with Zeman but turned to a man loved in Romania and dominant in Tblisi: Dušan Uhrin Jr