Jalonen after losing to the Finns: A special match, a great memory, but a painful defeat

Updates: 24.05.2022 23:19

Tampere (Finland) – In many respects, the coach of the national team Kari Jalonen experienced a special match in today’s match between the Czech hockey players and the Finns in Tampere. At the World Cup, he faced the team of his home country for the first time, which drove a crowded audience. Although he longed for victory, the Czechs did not score in the goal for the first time at this year’s championship, but a defeat of 0: 3 paradoxically secured them a more paper-friendly opponent in Thursday’s quarterfinals. They will challenge Germany, while in full profit they would go to Canada.

“It’s a painful defeat, anyway. It was a special match for me, of course. I’m sorry we couldn’t beat Finland. But it will be a great memory for me forever,” said Jalonen, who worked at the Finnish substitute. led the team to silver at the 2016 World Cup.

Despite the defeat, he was quite satisfied with the performance of his current charges. “I liked the way we played. We challenged the Finns with the best defense in the tournament. At the beginning of the second period we could take the baton, we should have scored there. The match would change that. I must say again that I didn’t like the referees’ performance. “The referees were whistling from a great distance. It’s hard in a match like this, but that’s the way it is. Now we’re looking at Thursday’s quarterfinals with Germany,” Jalonen said.

The fate of the match was decided mainly by the first third, followed by the home Norners 2: 0. “But I wouldn’t say she was so bad on our part. We played two matches in two days, while the Finns had two days off before this match. We have to see this as well, they had more energy. But that was the schedule of matches, that’s just “I liked the toughness in the fights, the throws. The boys did a good job,” he praised the team for defeating Jalonen.

He did not want to admit a hint of speculation about the quarterfinal opponent. “I don’t think it would affect us. We fully respect all opponents,” Jalonen said. “Germany is playing a very good tournament here, my friend is scouting the whole group A from the very beginning, so I know how they play. I’ve seen their matches, we have everything ready from our video coaches. Jalonen.

The only minor inconvenience is the need to move to Helsinki, where two quarterfinals will take place, while the culmination of the tournament from the semi-finals will take place only in Tampere. “But it’s not a problem. We expected it to come. We just have to wait for the time we have to start the match. Now we’ll go to the hotel, have dinner, sleep and go to Helsinki tomorrow,” he concluded. Jalonen.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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