PARIS,June 13: Spain begin bid for unprecedented third straight European title as they face Czech Republic in their group D opener at Stadium De Toulouse. European Championship holders are seen as one of the favorite to lift up the trophy but their late form is questionable as they lost to comparatively weaker side Georgia in final warm up match.
The Czechs have an impressive track record at European Championships, finishing as runners-up in 1996 and losing to eventual winners Greece in the 2004 semi-finals, head coach Pavel Vrba will be looking to keep that positive Euro form when they meet Vicente del Bosque's side who are unbeaten in last 12 games in the tournament.
Head coach Vicente del Bosque has hinted that David de Gea is likely to start in goal keeping over legendary Iker Casillas despite the controversy surrounding the Manchester United goalkeeper.
Juventus frontman Alvaro Morata is set to lead La Roja's attack, while playmaker David silva is in contention to win his 100th to be confirmed as one of Spain's greatest-ever players during the Euros.
Del Bosque could go with their traditional playig system 4-3-3 as they dont have injury issues.
Controlling the midfield with lot of ball possesion and creating goalscoring chances for attackers will be Sapain's game plan so the central midfield partnership of Busquets, Inesta and Silva could be the key for executing the tactics.
Likely playing XI:
De Gea ;Juanfran, Piqué, Ramos Alba; Busquets; Silva, Fàbregas, Iniesta, Nolito; Morata.
First choice defender Marek Suchy is suspended for the game against Spain so coach Vrba likely to call up veteran Michal Kadlec to fill the void. The tournament sees a return to France for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who spent two seasons with Rennes in 2002-04, and he admitted he could not wait to get back. Captain Tomas Rosicky is set to start in attacking midfield as coach has promissed to give him free role behind the striker.