Lille (France) (AFP) – Slovakia coach Jan Kozak is looking for his team to get back on track at Euro 2016 following their opening defeat to Wales when they face Russia on Wednesday.
The Slovaks come into their second Group B encounter at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille in need of a positive result after conceding late to lose 2-1 to Wales in Bordeaux at the weekend.
“That defeat was an unnecessary one because when I analysed it the Welsh were not better, they just capitalised on our mistakes,” Kozak told a press conference on Tuesday.
“But there are defeats like that in football. We have to pick ourselves up fast.
“We have an experienced team and the players are aware they made some mistakes and that we now have a match against Russia where we can show how strong we are.”
Kozak, who will hope for more from star player Marek Hamsik than he got in the opening game, has a fully fit squad to choose from but admitted he will make changes to his line-up.
“Of course I already know my starting XI, all the players are fit and ready to play,” he said.
“I think the match calls for certain changes in the line-up — not because those who played against Wales disappointed me, but I think I will make some changes.”
Slovakia are the only team in Group B yet to register a point, with Russia having drawn 1-1 with England in their violence-marred opening fixture.
England and Wales meet in Lens on Thursday before Slovakia face the English in their final group game in Saint-Etienne next Monday.
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