News – UK – Rangers v Slavia Prague: Everything you need to know about Europa League opponents

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In the last 16 games of the Europa League, RANGERS were drawn against Slavia Prague Steven Gerrard’s crew left Thursday the 11th March, for the first leg in the Czech Republic, before welcoming the Czechs back to Ibrox the following week

Impressively, it has to be said that all Rangers fans who felt relief after their club dodged major hits like Ajax or AC Milan are being brought back to earth pretty abruptly, sorry in advance

Slavia Prague was eliminated from this year’s Champions League qualification in Midtjylland’s play-offs. Do you remember her? The Rangers flashed 7-3 overall past the Danes in last season’s Europa League qualifying. Maybe this Czech mob isn’t all they have to offer?

Unfortunately not, Rangers fans a look at their record in the European record of that term suggests that Midtjylland tie is little more than an aberration.The home and away wins against Nice in the group stage were just that, during the games against Hapoel Be’er Sheva – the Israeli team that eliminated Motherwell in the preliminary rounds – were more even. Slavia Prague lost 3-1 on the road and won 3-0 in the second leg

You also scored a 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen at home – you know, the same Bayer Leverkusen who got past Rangers in August – but with the help of Karim Bellarabi’s dismissal in 18 Minute for the guests In Germany, Leverkusen demanded revenge and won 4-0

That meant Slavia had to settle for second place and a draw with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City for the last 32 they thought they were a goalless draw in Prague before Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima’s goals at King Power Stadium in the second half sent them to the next round

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Pretty good, after all, Slavia Prague have played 20 games in the Czech season and closed an eight-point gap with their city rivals Sparta.They are unbeaten in the league again this season with a goal difference of 46 not shabby at all

They beat their rivals 3-0 when the two teams last met in December While the recent draws against Pribram and Teplice – two teams in a relegation battle – pose a problem for coach Jindrich Trpisovsky, they appear to be on the right track for third consecutive championship crowns

You can bet they never made it past the semi-finals but have a long history in European competitions, reaching the last four of the UEFA Cup in 1996 before losing 2-0 to Bordeaux, and reaching the Cup quarter-finals in 1998 the cup winners, where they were eliminated by Stuttgart

More recently, Slavia Prague reached the last eight Europa League games of the 2018/19 season, beating perennial winners Sevilla before narrowly losing to Chelsea in a 5-3 thriller

Last season Slavia qualified for the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2007, but finished last with two points in a group with Barcelona, ​​Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan

That feeling when you visit Barcelona, ​​Dortmund & Inter in the #UCLdraw! @Slaviaofficial 😄 get pictureTwittercom / O8j1ABg0u5

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Goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar is a great player for the Czechs. He has conceded 16 clean sheets in 30 games this season. Notably, he has a goal in mind – he converted a penalty in a 3-0 win against Pribram in August

In midfield, winger Lukas Provod is a player to watch, scoring five goals and ten assists in 27 games this season, while Romanian playmaker Nicolae Stanciu scored another one with five goals and six assists

Up front, strikers Jan Kutcha and Abdallah Sima will be the main threat to the Rangers, the former is a 24-year-old center-forward who is more at the forefront of Slavia Prague’s attack while the latter is a 19-year-old who is usually on the Right wing playing Kutcha has 13 goals and six assists in 25 games this season, while Sima has 15 goals and five assists in 23

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News – GB – Rangers v Slavia Prague: Everything you need to know about Europa League opponents

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