DAC, who knows Zsolt Kalmár and András Schäfer, will start the spring at a five-point disadvantage. The leading Slovak club has never been crowned champion, but this year the goal is to change that, and if the yellow-blues return to their early form, they have a good chance of succeeding.
Last weekend, the teams from Trnava and Pohronie made up for their missed matches this fall due to coronavirus infections, so the Fortuna League standings are now complete and the spring season begins this afternoon with the 19th round. The Slovak top teams will have four more matches in the regular season, followed by the playoffs with ten more clashes.
The second DAC spring debut on the table is due on Sunday, at three o’clock under the castle of Máté Csák, against the tenth Trenčín, the ensemble of Bernd Storck will play against. The team from Dunaszerdahely has been preparing for this championship for five weeks, which was training in the domestic environment instead of the usual training camp in Turkey due to the epidemic situation. There were two victories – against Vasas and Győr in NB II – and one draw and one defeat in the preparation matches balance, but the result is hardly significant in this case if the players are in good shape. And this has been fulfilled, at least team captain Zsolt Kalmár looks back on the past weeks with satisfaction.
– We did well. The result was not so important, it was more about what we were in at the beginning of the season. I think the team is in good shape both mentally and physically. We are very much looking forward to the first match of spring, as we trained hard, we had a long preparation – the DAC team captain told Magyar Nemzet.
In the fall, the DAC, along with defending champion Slovan, stood out from the field, and so far only these two guards have secured their place in the playoffs. At the Dunaszerdahely team, the goal bag broke out at the beginning of the season and pulled in eight wins in a row. In the next ten rounds, however, the momentum was slightly broken, with three draws and three defeats slipping in addition to four successes. And Slovan took the opportunity and grabbed first place, building a five-point lead in the spring, but nothing has been run yet.
The Highland band has gotten closer and closer to the “fire” in recent years, finishing second last year, third last year, but has never been a champion at the forefront. For that to change, the Storck team would have to show its face early in the season. Zsolt Kalmár has to go through his great form, as he shed the goals in the autumn, he closed the top scorers with eleven hits and four assists, and according to the performance evaluation system InStat, he was the best player in the Fortuna league.
“I want as good a spring season as autumn.” We have to cling tightly to Slovan so we can prevent it. We know it won’t be easy as it represents good play power. But we’re still playing against him three more times, and more matches are waiting for him, too, so I hope we reach our goal and get there in first place. We must not make such mistakes for this as we did last year, when we lost points in the last four or five matches – the midfielder of the Hungarian national team summed up.
The starting point for the spring campaign for the championship title may be given by a victory in Trenčín, whether it will be realized, it turns out from the live broadcast of M4 Sport +.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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