Fletcher Will Do What Is Required
Darren Fletcher and his teammates are determined to do all that it takes to deliver the right result tonight against the Czech Republic in their EURO2012 qualifier. However, he does not believe they will have to employ the defensive tactics used by Rangers in the Champions League. Fletcher hopes Scotland will be more positive in Prague and he also believes too much focus has been placed on formations. He said: "New formations and different ideas are part and parcel of being a professional footballer. But a lot of the time it's about the 11 players on the pitch and the commitment. Formations are sometimes over-analysed and written about too much. We will prepare for the game however the manager wants us to play. We've been doing a lot of work and will continue to do so. He's not named the team yet so at training everyone will be trying to bust a gut to impress the manager."
Rangers were accused of 'parking the bus' in Manchester, after deploying a five-man defence. Fletcher added: "That's part and parcel of football and that's why I was never critical of Rangers' performance. They came with a gameplan and it worked well for them. But I don't think it's a case of us parking the bus, there will be opportunities for us to attack and we might have to take them. We would obviously love to win the game here but if we can get any sort of result it would be a positive in terms of qualifying. We want to win both games but I think being difficult to beat is sometimes just as important. I think if we were to win the game, it would make it very difficult for them but they wouldn't be out of it. We saw the Liechtenstein game and how difficult it was for us."
The build-up to the game has been dominated by headlines surrounding Kenny Miller's involvement following reports he is was set to be axed for tonight's game which turned out to be true when Craig Levein unveiled his starting 11 last night. Fletcher said: "All we are doing is concentrating on the game, it's a massive game in terms of qualifying. There is always speculation about these things but everyone wants to achieve the same thing. The coaches, the players and the staff all want a positive result here. We know it's going to be a difficult game, especially after they lost to Lithuania. It puts massive significance on the group. I think if you look back at previous Czech Republic sides, they were number two in the world and got to the final of Euro 96. They are maybe not reaching those levels now but it doesn't mean they are not a quality side. They have a lot of very good players. Having played them at Hampden, I know we won 1-0, but for long spells they had us under pressure, kept the ball well and made it very difficult for us. They are dangerous because they are in front of their own fans and because they need to win. Our job is to frustrate them and make it as difficult as possible."
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