June 21, 2003 - The Czech Republic have made no changes to their successful squad, which has won seven games in a row, for this weekend's key matches in Pool D against Greece in Ostrava.
This weekend signals the final games for Pool D after their one-week earlier start compared to the other three pools and with the Czech Republic in first place with 17 points, Greece in second with 16 points and France in third on 15 points, one win against Greece this weekend will confirm that the Chzech Republic finish the Intercontinental Round in top spot and gain automatic qualification to the World League Finals in Spain next month.
However, with only Petr Platenik the only injury doubt with a sore shoulder coach Pavel Rerabek isn't prepared to commit on whether his team will make the Finals in this, their debut season in the World League.
"I don't want to speculate," he said. "We need at least one victory to advance to the finals and we'll do our best to get it. It would be the last step in our journey at the preliminary stage of the World League and a great accomplishment for us in front of the fantastic crowd in Ostrava."
Reaching the World League Finals at their first attempt will be just reward for an impressive display in the Intercontinental Rounds where the Czech Republic lost their first three games but turned it around to remain unbeaten for the following three weeks. But despite the current rich run of form Rerabek is still uncertain on what lies ahead if his team makes the Finals
"It's too early to predict but it would be certainly something new for us," he said. "It's hard to tell now but I firmly believe that should we manage to advance we will keep our winning mood and certainly will do all we can in the matches against the world top teams, especially Brazil and Russia, who seem to be very strong."
The Czech Republic and Greece first play on Saturday at 12:30GMT and then on Sunday at 15:00GMT.