Ahead of upcoming PL match against Manchester City, Czech international right-back Vladimir Coufal (28, portrayed back when playing for Slavia Prague in the pic on the left), who joined West Ham on October 2nd, stated:
“The one against Tottenham was a very hard match, because we were too scared of Kane and Son, and we played very badly in the first 15 minutes. But I think after the first 15 minutes we started to play how we wanted to play, keeping the ball more and creating some chances to score [in the first half] but unfortunately we didn’t score. In the half-time break the manager said some things that we could improve – that we wanted to keep a clean sheet in the second and score some goals. When we scored to make it 3-2 I started to believe we could reach one point, because Tottenham was very down and we had our heads up. After that, Manu showed his quality and scored an incredible goal. Finally, it was incredible that we scored three goals in the final eight minutes! The celebrations after Manuel Lanzini’s equalizer? The celebrations showed we are a strong team, that we are one for all and all for one. We are teammates”.
I think Manchester City are one of the best teams in the whole world, with top individual players. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero can score whenever they want, I think. It’s a very hard game for us but we will do everything to prepare for our team’s success. Of course I was watching Premier League, before joining Hammers, because it's the best competition in the world. It’s a dream to be here and I am glad I can play here with West Ham.
Said Benrahma's impact on the team is looking very good. He showed his quality on the ball. Dribbling past two or three players is no problem for him. He has very good finishing and a very good final and pre-final pass. He’s a very good player and he’s very confident.
Tomas Soucek is my right hand! If I don’t understand something, he translates it into Czech for me and after that it’s very easy for me. When I came to West Ham, he immediately met with me and he showed me the training ground and helped me with everything.
I think it’s about five years Soucek and I met, since he came to Slovan Liberec. At that time he showed his quality and he was very good for our team, for Slovan Liberec, and after that he became a leader for Slavia and the Czech national team. He showed his quality for them and now he is showing it in the Premier League. He can run for 24 hours a day every day!
Did Soucek told David Moyes to sign me? I heard those rumours, but I have known him a long time and it’s normal, if I am Czech like Tomas, that the manager would ask him about my character and my football quality. It’s clear and it’s the same at other clubs, I think!”