Progress is not lost yet, but we must play better in retaliation, Horák said


Updates: 07.12.2021 21:34

Prague – The Sparta hockey players did not manage the first match of the quarter-finals of the Champions League playoffs and lost at home to the Swedish Rögle BK 2: 5. However, forward Roman Horák believes that the people of Prague still have a chance to advance to the semifinals. In retaliation for the week, however, Sparta said he must perform much better, especially on the defensive.

“We lost 2: 5, which is not very good for us. We will have a difficult time in the second match, but there is certainly nothing lost,” Horák told reporters. “We have to improve our defense in retaliation. We get really many goals and we have to play it better. We need to score three goals and none of them to equalize. We have to play aggressively and score goals,” said the elite center of the Prague team.

Sparta took the lead in the second minute thanks to Erik Thorell, but then the guests won three times. “We had a good start, we led and it’s a pity we didn’t take any chances in the power play when we could bounce back. But then we got a stupid goal four seconds before the end of the first period and the second period was very bad for us,” the 30-year-old admitted. attacker.

The Swedish team dominated the start of the second half and added two more goals within 29 seconds before the middle of the match. “We started badly, we withdrew, they started playing the puck. They were able to turn the puck fast out of the middle zone and sometimes shut us down. If they keep you in the defensive zone for over a minute, it’s hard to defend. They take turns, they can do it,” Horák pointed out the fact that Rögle took full advantage when he had an inverter on the offensive half at the time.

“Then we turned on a bit, we scored a goal that was not recognized. Then we reduced to 2: 3, but again we made some mistakes in the back. It bothers us in the league here. When you get five goals, it’s not a very good business card for our defense, “said Horak.

The problem with the locals was the fact that they collected twice at the end of the third. At 19:55 and 39:31. “Getting two stupid goals in the locker room is not easy on the head. The match could have looked different. It was another point he didn’t add,” he said.

Sparta has already competed with the third Swedish team in the Champions League. In the basic group she managed to lose Växjö, in the round of 16 she advanced through Skellefteu.

“They were similar teams. Rögle is second in the Swedish league now, they have a good team. There are players who have played for the national team. And you know that; they were huge on the puck and would dare to walk one on one on the blue line. If they were but better than Skelleftea, I don’t know. I think it’s comparable, “Horák concluded.


Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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