Sparta hockey players will defend against advancing to the LM quarterfinals against Skelleftee


Updates: 22.11.2021 12:48

Prague – In the extra league, the Sparta hockey players are in crisis and are collecting one defeat after another, but in the Champions League the Prague team is doing well and on Tuesday they will fight against the Swedish team Skelleftea AIK to advance to the quarterfinals. The only Czech team that advanced from the basic group brought a 3: 1 victory from the north of Europe and can thus afford to lose by one goal at home.

“Succeeding in the Champions League is our clear goal. I believe that every team that qualifies for the Champions League has the same. We perceive the competition very prestigious. Even with small scars, the players always wanted to enter and fight for promotion. “We beat great teams, we showed our strength. And we want to move on,” said Sparta sports director Petr Ton before the round of 16.

The first match on Skelleftey’s ice was won by the Prague team a week ago, even though they were mostly under pressure, and they won by Filip Chlapík, Tomáš Pavelka and Erik Thorell. In the Champions League, they won the sixth match in a row. But then they lost in the extra league in Vítkovice and on Sunday in České Budějovice. They have failed in the domestic competition in ten of the last eleven matches.

“The defeat from Budejovice should not mark us. First of all, it is a completely different hockey, a different league. “The Swedes are a very strong opponent, excellent at the puck, they have great players, so I think it can only help us until the next phase of the season. We have to train and work full time, we can’t take any time off,” added the elite center.

In the event of advancement, Sparta will face the winner of the Rögle – Zurich match, in which the Swedish team, which won the Lions 4: 3 on the ice a week ago, developed a better starting position.

In the playoff of the Champions League, the team that has a better score in the sum of two matches advances to the next phase of the competition. In the event of a tie, ten minutes will be extended to three to three in the game, after which there would be separate raids.

The Sparta – Skelleftea match is played from 18:00 in the Tipsport arena.


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

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