BRATISLAVA – The coach of the Slovak national football team Štefan Tarkovič also nominated two newcomers for the next qualification cycle of the World Cup 2022. For the first time, goalkeeper František Plach from Piast Gliwice and defender Vernon De Marco from Slovan Bratislava will appear in the national team. Midfielder Juraj Kucka, who did not play due to an injury in the last league match, is also nominated.
“Compared to the European Championships, we have seven line-up changes for various reasons. Greif is missing from the goalkeeper post, we are in contact with him, he is already in full training, but we agreed to give him time to make his mark in the club. Hubočan and Greguš are wounded, Hubočan has shoulder problems, so he is not there, Greguš has an injured ankle, Dúbravka is an ankle after the operation and his healing time is longer. ” Tarkovic said at Monday’s press conference.
However, the nomination lacks forward Michal Ďuriš, who has decided to end his national team career. “I want to take this opportunity and I want to thank him for his exemplary representation. He has helped us many times, we are losing a quality player. I take it as a fact, we have been discussing it for a long time. Tarkovich said
It has long been speculated about the start of the defender De Marc, the Argentine native recently acquired Slovak citizenship. “Vernon had a problem gaining citizenship at the time of the pandemic, but today he has and can typologically help him. The defender is required to have some ratio of attack as well as defense, and I am convinced that he will help this team.” said coach SR.
Tarkovič is also pleased with the current form of representative supports
Supports Marek Hamšík and Stanislav Lobotka will also be presented in the next matches, and Tarkovič is satisfied with their current form: “Marek Hamšík plays in another position in the club, but I am glad that he plays in the Turkish league, and I believe that his team will make it to the EKL group. His performances are a good signal to help the national team. Stano Lobotka is a player whose Slovakia in this position he doesn’t have much and I’m glad he’s starting to assert himself. He’s playing well, I’ve seen him. “
Midfielder Juraj Kucka did not play for Watford in the last Premier League match due to injury, but is not missing in the nomination. “I’m glad that Juro moved to the Premier League, this league is in the top 5 in Europe and I’m glad we have such a player there besides the goalkeepers. I believe he will make a name for himself in Watford. I’ve talked to him, he’s already in full practice. He had a stretched muscle, but it’s not serious. ” Tarkovich explained.
Slovaks will have three qualifying matches in the first week of September, and they will first perform in Slovenia. Then they will welcome Croatia and Cyprus at home at the National Football Stadium. They want to play offensive against these opponents and that is why fast wingers are nominated. “I have Erik Jirka tracked in the second Spanish league, he is a player who is a speed type and we wanted some change on the wings. We have decided for those players whom we believe will help us in the transition to attack. players who are typologically more appropriate, ” added Tarkovic.
The Slovaks are currently in third place in the table with a gain of five points, Tarkovič does not assume that the next matches will significantly rewrite the progress scenario: “I don’t expect them to decide at this time. The matches are close and even. We have teams in the group that are able to compete with each other. Either team can beat the other.”
Nomination of the Slovak Republic for the qualification matches of the World Cup 2022 with Slovenia, Croatia and Cyprus:
Goalkeepers: Dusan Kuciak (Lechia Gdansk), Marek Rodak (FC Fulham), Frantisek Plach (Piast Gliwice)
defenders: Peter Pekarík (Hertha Berlin), Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznaň), Martin Koscelník (Slovan Liberec), Milan Škriniar (Inter Milan), Martin Valjent (RCD Mallorca), Vernon De Marco (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Dávid Hancko (Sparta Prague), Jakub Holúbek (Piast Gliwice)
Midfielders: Stanislav Lobotka (SSC Napoli), Patrik Hrošovský (KRC Genk), Jakub Holúbek (Piast Gliwice), Juraj Kucka (Parma Calcio), Ondrej Duda (1. FC Kolín), Róbert Mak (Ferencváros Budapest), Vladimír Weiss (Slovan Bratislava) , Jakub Hromada (Slavia Prague), Tomáš Suslov (FC Groningen), Matúš Bero (Vitesse Arnhem), Marek Hamšík (Trabzonspor), Erik Jirka (Real Oviedo)
Attackers: Ivan Schranz (Slavia Prague), Róbert Boženík (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Dávid Strelec (ŠK Slovan Bratislava)
Substitutes: Dominik Greif (RCD Mallorca), Adam Jakubech (LOSC Lille), Dominik Holec (Sparta Prague), Boris Sekulič (Chicago Fire), Lukáš Pauschek (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Denis Vavro (Lazio Rome), Norbert Gyömbér (US Salernitana), Tomáš Huk (Piast Gliwice), Róbert Mazáň (AEL Limassol), Erik Sabo (Rizespor), Jakub Považanec (FK Jablonec), Lukáš Haraslín (Sassuolo Calcio), Adrián Kaprálik, Matúš Rusnák (both MŠK Žilina), László Bénes (Borussia Mönchengladbach ), Róbert Pich (Slack Wroclaw), Samuel Mráz (Spezia Calcio), Albert Rusnák (Salt Lake City), David Hrnčár (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Ladislav Almási (Baník Ostrava)
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