Defense / Day is our main priority against any opponent


On Thursday at 16.20, Latvia will face the Czech hockey players, who have already been studied by the headquarters of the Latvian national team coaches, but for the time being the most important thing is to organize their game. “We have already studied the Czechs. Tonight there will be a short meeting about our game, which we did good and bad against the Norwegians, but tomorrow we will focus only on the Czechs,” Vītoliņš explained.

The head coach of the national team emphasized that the Czechs are very technical hockey players, but in the match against Austria, in which the Czech Republic conceded in the post-match with a score of 1: 2, they were too confident about their advantage on the field, resulting in tried to keep playing for too long.

“They have a reinforcement from the National Hockey League (NHL) with good players who have very good statistics. We know they are one of the favorites. In that game [pret Austriju] they were treated a little more carelessly. The Czechs themselves know that they should not lose any more games, just like us, “Vītoliņš briefly described the next opponents.

The head coach of the Latvian national team, without going into details, pointed out that the most important thing before the next match is to improve his performance on the field.

“The problem is that when we play against strong teams, we think more about defense, so as not to make mistakes and to be less dangerous. As soon as we are confronted by a team that is equally strong that we have to play, we forget about defense. “Then we also lose the positions from which we move into the attack, we force a lot and there are disagreements. We also want to emphasize that the main thing for us is protection against any opponent,” said Vītoliņš.

He also said that the clarity of Theodore Bluger’s addition to the team should be tonight when it is morning across the ocean.

Yesterday, Kristiāns Rubīns joined the ranks of the Latvian national team, and, as the agency LETA observed during the training of the national team, he was played in the same pair of defenders with Roberts Mamčics. “Victor [Ignatjevs] looks more at the guard pairs, but it ‘s clearly good to have a guard who has always been on the national team. We plan that he will play tomorrow, “added Vītoliņš.

He also revealed that Elvis Merzlikins will guard the goals of the Latvian national team in the match against the Czech Republic.

After the game against the Czech Republic a day later, Latvia will fight with Austria. On Sunday, Latvians will play against the British hockey players for the first time in the world championship, but the group tournament will end on May 24 with a match against Sweden.


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