Bílek responds to criticism of Czech footballers’ performances at UAE tournament


The new Czech football manager Michal Bílek says he understands the negative reaction after his young side were beaten 2:0 by minnows Azerbaijan in a friendly tournament in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. That followed a defeat to the hosts on Sunday. Czech newspapers have described the result against Azerbaijan as a disgrace. However, Bílek told reporters that the results were secondary and it was more important to keep trying out new players.