Pavel Vrba says he is determined to leave FC Viktoria Plzen on a high as he sets his eyes on a victory over CSKA Moscow that would see his Plzen team pip the Russian side to third place in Group D and a parachute into the Europa League. The clash with CSKA game at the Doosan Arena will be Pavel Vrba's last game in charge of the Plzen club.
The situation in Group D means the match is essentially a play-off tie. CSKA Moscow currently sit on three points with Plzen on zero. The Russians beat the Czechs 3-2 in October so almost any victory on Tuesday would see Plzen sneak into 3rd position.
In 2010 Vrba led Viktoria Plzen to the victory in the Czech Cup for the first time in the club history and the following year he won the league with Viktoria Plzen for the first time in the club history. He led Plzen to a second league title in 2013 and the Czech Football Association activated a buy-out clause, announcing Vrba as the new manager of the Czech Republic national football team earlier this year.
Plzen were not in action at the weekend after rounding off their domestic campaign on 1 December with a 2-0 home win against 1. FK P?íbram. They go into the winter break second in the Czech First League, five points behind AC Sparta Praha. Their next league outing is away to FC Baník Ostrava on 22 February.
Plzen have conceded 16 goals in the competition, more than any other team ahead of matchday six. CSKA have the second worst defensive record with 15 conceded.
CSKA are likely to be without key striker Seydou Doumbia and defensive stalwart Vasili Berezutski for the trip to the Czech Republic. Although Alan Dzagoev, out since 14 September with a hamstring injury, returned to action on 2 December as a substitute in a 0-0 draw at FC Rostov. Japaneses midfielder Keisuke Honda is also set to play his final game for the club before an anticipated move to AC Milan in the January transfer window.