Ondřej, today the first match with Leicester City awaits you to advance to the round of 16 of the European League. What do you expect from that match?
A match with the TOP team of the best league in the world awaits us. For us, it is first and foremost a huge challenge. It would be bold at this point to shout about plans for progress, but in any case we want to follow up on last year’s cup journey. To show where we have been able to move. Demonstrate the power of contemporary Slavia. I am very sorry that our fans will not be able to be in such a match, but I believe that we will feel their support from a distance.
How is your preparation for such an important European Cup match different from the match in the Czech league? What do you find out about your opponent’s players?
The preparation is somewhat similar, we do not underestimate any opponent. Also in the case of Leicester, we completed video analysis and tactical training, we tried some specific things in training. It is clear that due to the strength of the opponent’s team, we could spend tens of hours on each individual player. However, our coaching team has repeatedly proven that it can prepare us for any opponent, of course I can’t reveal details from the kitchen.
You talked about Leicester with your former teammates from Slavia, Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal, who know your opponent from their work in the Premier League.
We are in contact with the boys, of course there was also Leicester. However, rather in a relaxed mood, the boys were preparing us to definitely have a nice run. Whether the coaches were working on any details with the boys, you would have to ask them.
In recent days, there is real winter weather and football is played in severe frosts. For goalkeepers, these temperatures must be even more unpleasant than for players in the field. How do you deal with these conditions?
It’s annoying, but it’s simply a reality. The basis is good clothes and at the same time constant movement. The goalkeeper must be ready, he cannot lose valuable hundredths in a key situation by simply being frozen.
You, and the whole of Slavia, use Puma sports products. You personally have Future Z football boots, which you wear together with Neymar Jr., Marco Reus and other world football stars. Why did you choose this type of football boots?
Football boots are the basic working tool for every football player. I am glad that I am in the good hands of Puma experts, I got this type of football boots from them. I tried it and then there was nothing to solve. I am extremely satisfied, I can rely on football boots.
After half of the competition you have ten points (update) lead at the head of the Fortuna League. Are you already talking about the title in the cabin?
We are not talking, it is an unwritten rule that we have no problem following. Any satisfaction could pay off. The title is, of course, our goal, but we go step by step.
It is impossible not to ask about your future in Slavia. In connection with you, famous clubs are being inflected, including the already mentioned West Ham, where you could create an already quite large Czech colony. Do you already have an idea of what your future will look like in the euro?
The reality is that I don’t really deal with it. I am extremely satisfied in Slavia, I fulfill my sports dreams here. My football future is taken care of by the Sport Invest agency and we have an unwritten agreement that we would deal with any possible offers together with Slavia only after the season. I want to have a clear head only for Slavia and possibly the national team.
You recently publicly announced your relationship with the daughter of Jaroslav Tvrdík, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SK Slavia Praha, Jana. You build a house together. Is it time to ask about the wedding?
I would shorten the answer to the fact that I am in love and happy. And now we are both completely satisfied with that.
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