Sport Rangers v Slavia Prague: What Czech coach Jindrich Trpisovsky said after drawing Steven Gerrard's side in Europa League last 16
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Slavia Prague coach Jindrich Trpisovsky has declared himself “satisfied with our lot” after his Czech league leaders drew Rangers in the Europa League.
The coach had been eyeing a trip to Ibrox in the last round before being paired with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City – and victory over the Foxes gave the Prague manager his wish at the second time of asking.
Slavia will host Rangers on March 11 and then head to Ibrox a week later with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs. Both sides dodged some of the bigger, more glamorous names in the mix, but both sides are on top form domestically, undefeated in each league competition.
Leicester City 0-2 Slavia Prague (0-2 agg): Foxes crash out of Europa League
Goals from Lukas Provod and Abdallah Dipo Sima helped Slavia Prague knock Leicester City out the Europa League with a 2-0 win.With the first leg having finished goalless in Prague, Leicester were strong favourites to reach the last 16 at the King Power Stadium.
Trpisovsky said he’s looking forward to meeting Steven Gerrard and facing the strongest team in Scotland. He said: "I’ve wanted them for a long time because we haven’t played in Scotland yet. It's an interesting match. Given what teams were there, we have to be very satisfied with the lot.
“I'm excited - it's a Scottish club, Rangers, Steven Gerrard the coach, Ibrox Stadium, huge history.
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“About three weeks ago, I saw one of their matches. Not only their position in the Scottish League, but also their performance in Europe, including the matches with Antwerp where they scored nine goals, show that it is currently the strongest Scottish team.”
Leicester's Rodgers takes blame for Europa League exit
Leicester's Rodgers takes blame for Europa League exitWith the score tied at 0-0 from the first leg in Prague, Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima scored in the second half at the King Power Stadium to put the Czech side into the last-16.
Slavia provided one of the upsets of the previous round by defeating Brendan Rodgers’ side 2-0 at the King Power Stadium with second half goals from Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima and: “I think it will be similar to Leicester with the first match at home which is good for us.
“I saw Rangers recently and they have a slightly different style than Leicester. But when the team gets this far, it's there because it has quality, so it blurs a lot.
"We are very lucky for it this year. First Patrick Vieira, Peter Bosz are all great coaches and now Steve Gerrard, captain and legend of Liverpool. I have heard a lot of positive stories about him from Milan Baroš. It's a big bonus and added value. "
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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Kemar Roofe is available for his side's Europa League clash against Slavia Prague.Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Gers boss delivered a crucial injury update ahead of the clash tonight, revealing: “Roofe will train this morning and will be available. Jack could be ready but I have decided to hold back and he will be available for the second-leg, I don’t want to push him too quick. Tavernier will be a little bit slower to return.