Steve Clarke revealed that a win for Scotland against the Czech Republic would be “massive” for their Euro 2020 hopes. In the revised format, the three best third-place finishers will qualify for the knockout stages. They will join the winners and runners up from the six groups. Scotland will have the home support of about 12,000 fans at Hampden Park. The restricted numbers are due to protocols brought by the pandemic. The last tournament Scotland played was the 1998 World Cup.
“A win would be massive in the first game but anybody I’ve ever spoken to who has been to a tournament has been quite strong on the fact you shouldn’t lose,” Steve Clarke said about Euro 2020. “If you look historically at a lot of World Cup games and [European] Championship games, a lot of the matches are draws, because both teams realize the value of getting something out of that first game.”
“It might be cagey or it might open up really quickly but we’ll certainly be playing for the three points and I am sure the Czech Republic will be,” he added. “Three points can almost guarantee you a place in the last 16, so that would be a great start. I think it’s a great thing for the country that we are involved in a major final again and I’m looking forward to it, as I am sure everyone else in Scotland is.”
Clarke believes that his team can earn the respect of the other national teams at Euro 2020. Scotland have gone through a lean patch in the past decade or so. He further explained that they need to improve if they want to play against the best European teams. Clarke reminisced about the past teams Scotland had that used to upset the bigger teams in Europe.