Daniel Pudil is backing Sheffield Wednesday to cope with increased expectations in the forthcoming season.
Big things are expected of Carlos Carvalhal’s side after the South Yorkshire club reached the Championship Play-Off final last term.
Many people, including Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway, fancy the Owls to build on their sixth-placed finish last time around. Bookmakers Sky Bet have priced Wednesday at 7/2 to gain promotion to the Premier League.
And left-back Pudil, recruited for an undisclosed fee from Watford last week, is confident the team will embrace the increased pressure on their shoulders.
He told The Star: “We have experienced players. All of us can handle it.
“We have to stick together even if things start to go wrong. The fans can help us if we are not doing well at the beginning or something happens in the season.”
Wednesday will be aiming to get off to a flying start when they entertain Aston Villa at Hillsborough in their opening league fixture on Sunday, kick-off 4:30pm.
“It is a long season,” stressed Pudil. “There are 46 games so anything can happen.
“We have to stick together and go on the pitch to enjoy it like we did last season. If we do that, we can have some success.”
The 30-year-old spent a big part of his summer away on international duty with the Czech Republic. He featured in their final European Championship group match, a 2-0 defeat against Turkey.
Pudil said: “It was a good experience and I really enjoyed playing in the tournament.
“We didn’t get through the group but I think it was the hardest one.
“Hopefully we will learn from it and come back stronger next time.”