Turkey's Terim attacks critics, Czechs plan more changes

Under-pressure Turkey coach Fatih Terim launched an extraordinary attack on his critics in the country's media on Monday ahead of their decisive Euro 2016 Group D game with the Czech Republic.

Turkey are bottom after defeats to Croatia and Spain, and must beat the Czechs in Lens on Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

"I am upset, I am frustrated. You can see it on my face, I am human," he told a news conference before pointing to criticism from a "history professor" on Turkish public television in a show not meant to be about football.

"I am not the one who should be ashamed of what he is doing. The ones who put us in this position should be ashamed of what they have been doing."

The largely unprompted rant continued for several minutes and Terim strongly hinted he would leave the Turkey job for a third time after the tournament.

"I hope one day they (the critics) will have their own squad to manage. You know I have to laugh. All these rumours and criticisms about positions and formations. I will face them and they will get their fair share," he continued.

"I know some people don't like me, but almost all the big achievements in Turkish football were achieved by me," he said, safe in the knowledge it was his Turkey side in Euro 2008 who came back from 2-0 down to beat the Czechs 3-2 on their way to the semi-finals.

"Let's finish the tournament and afterwards let's see what will happen."

Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba said they will not only replace injured midfielder Tomas Rosicky but will make other changes for the game.

The Czechs have one point from their first two matches and could theoretically go through to the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed sides with just two points.

But Vrba, who was tightlipped on exactly who he will bring into the side and who will replace captain Rosicky, is adamant he is going for the win, which should guarantee progression.

"It is already clear for me," he said when asked who would come in for Rosicky. "There will be more changes."

Vrba stated that the top two in Group D, holders Spain and Croatia, were "tournament favourites" as far as he was concerned.

Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech, whose side beat Turkey away in qualifying but lost at home, said playing for a draw was too dangerous.

"The maths is clear, if we want to qualify and not wait for other teams we have to win," the experienced Arsenal stopper said.

"Obviously Tomas is a big loss, he is a key player, but other players will have to step up. Our biggest strength is our team play, we don't have any stars."

Last update: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 00:14

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