Slavia’s rise is tied to their social media-savvy chairman while the team’s talent threatens Chelsea’s Europa League hopes
To check Slavia Prague’s pulse just keep an eye on the Twitter feed of the club’s chairman. Jaroslav Tvrdik’s stream of consciousness rarely stays pent up for long but, on 15 March, he kept things simple. “When the guys are living their dreams,” he posted alongside a presumably self-made film, suitably jerky, of the players celebrating wildly as they were drawn to face Chelsea in the Europa League quarter-finals. It was the tie they had wanted and now Slavia, a club with a famous history, bring their modern, vibrant and unquestionably conflicting form to their biggest audience yet.
It felt like a moment of arrival when, in the 119th minute of the Czech league leaders’ last-16 second leg against Sevilla, Ibrahim Traoré squeezed in their winning goal and completed a remarkable extra-time turnaround. They had needed to score twice after Franco Vázquez put Sevilla 5-4 ahead on aggregate. Few would back an underdog in that situation but Slavia have never been closer to shedding that tag.
Source: Football News
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