Slavia Prague head coach Jindrich Trpisovsky will face one of his football idols when his men face Rangers on Thursday.
Trpisovsky is a big
enthusiast and admires Gers coach Steven Gerrard and effortlessly reviews the part that former Liverpool skipper played in their well-known 2005Champions League
The Anfield outfit were trailing with three goals againstSerie A
powerhouse at half-time. Yet, on a special night, Gerrard scored right off the bat in the second half to drag the Reds back into the game, and they incredibly took the match back to 3-3, preceding winning 3-2 in a breathtaking penalty shoot-out.
Ahead of the first leg of theEuropa League
last-16 tie in Prague, the 45-year-old Trpisovsky said:
"The game you mention in Istanbul I will never forget.
"He was the captain and there was a 180 degree turn in the match. It was outstanding to see.
"He has a very good history. I have learned a lot from Milan Baros (former Liverpool and Czech Republic striker) who remembers him as a strong leader and good mentor on and off the pitch.
"He is one of the key players of my youth, I have seen many matches he played.
"So it is going to be a great encounter for me because I never dreamt of meeting him in person."
Gerrard and his squad showed up in the Czech Republic after winning their firstScottish Premiership
title in ten years. The club's 55th title achievement forestalled their arch opponents Celtic making it ten consecutive league titles.
Notwithstanding, Trpisovsky, whose side took Leicester out in the last round, realizes Rangers are unbeaten in the group and in Europe this season and accepts they're willing to proceed with that fantastic run.
“The celebrations are gone already. We experienced the same thing two years ago when we got the title on the Sunday and two days later we played a very important match.
“They are professionals, they want to succeed each time and I believe they will focus on the next match.
“It’s a great achievement for them, it will only be motivation for them.”
“I am a great fan of Scottish football,” he added.
“It has been a dream to play a Scottish team because I wanted to experience the atmosphere in their stadium.
“Unfortunately there will be no fans but I am looking forward to it. It is a great football country.
“I watch the Scottish league and Scottish football has a very long tradition.
“Our national team has encountered Scotland twice recently and both matches were of excellent quality.”