Updates: 09.09.2021 18:26
Prague – After Wednesday’s prelude to Karlovy Vary and Brno, the new season of the hockey extra league will start in full force on Friday. Defending champion Třinec will welcome the last team of last season’s České Budějovice at home. The duel of “heavy weights” will be the duel of Liberec with Hradec Králové, teams with great ambitions will also meet in Pardubice, where Pilsen will present itself. With an odd number of 15 participants, Sparta is free, which will not enter the competition until Tuesday in the 3rd round.
The steelmakers will start their journey for a golden hat-trick with a home match against České Budějovice. Although the Motor has strengthened a lot, the favorite is Třinec. “We want to take over from the start of the season. We have a quality opponent against us, but we want to win,” said coach Václav Varaďa, who has the whole team at his disposal, in addition to the injured Kurovsky.
After the arrival of a number of experienced reinforcements, led by the forward Milan Gulaš, the South Bohemians would like to play a more significant role than in the last non-relegation season. The extra-league premiere in the role of head coach awaits coach Jaroslav Modrý. “We are going into the season with great humility,” said Blue. This will be very important. Play calmly, build self-confidence in the team and be mentally resilient, “Gulaš emphasized.
The finalist of last season in Liberec thinks high again. “The goal is to win every match and play the best of the season. I think every team enters the season with the intention of winning and having some success. There are a lot of wolfhounds and I think there are more than usual this year. There won’t be it’s a simple competition, “said coach Patrik Augusta.
Like Motor, Hradec Králové also has a new coach, even though it is a familiar face, as Tomáš Martinec has returned to the substitution after a year of Vladimír Růžička’s reign. “A lot of players are different here, the team has changed a lot in two years. But I believe in our system, the team and that we will gradually improve. I believe that with our organized hockey we can think of success,” said Martinec.
Pardubice wants to strive to return to prominence after a long pause. The strength of Dynamo will be tested immediately by the opening laps. On Friday, the people of Pardubice will welcome Pilsen, on Sunday they will perform in Mladá Boleslav and on Tuesday they will host Sparta. “In the preparation we could try different styles of play, different formations. But from the beginning we will have tough opponents who will be even higher in quality. I believe that the boys know very well that we have a completely different job than in the preparation , “said coach Richard Král.
Václav Baďouček and Miloš Říha Jr., who previously worked in Pardubice in the past, created a new coaching pair at the Pilsen substitution. “It’s specific for me and I kind of had it in my bones that it will be like that and we’ll catch them at the beginning. I’m looking forward to the match a lot,” said Říha, adding that he was going to offer the team a special motivation for success. “I’ll have to throw something at the boys, that’s part of it,” he added.
Kladno had to take thanks for the ongoing reconstruction of the home hall with an asylum in Chomutov. Despite an injury in preparation, the start of the playing owner Jaromír Jágr is in play. The forty-nine-year-old legend trained with the team on Wednesday and today. “But I don’t know yet if I will start tomorrow,” Jágr told ČTK today.
Vítkovice awaits a very demanding start to the season: the first six rounds have to take place outside due to collisions in the hall. “We take it as a reality and we will not make excuses. It can also be an advantage that there will not be such pressure from us from the fans. We have to make some points outside as well,” coach Miloš Holaň said before the opening match.
Olomouc hosts Mladá Boleslav in the premiere, but more than the rivals, the fans’ eyes are fixed on the premiere of the famous reinforcements of David Krejčí from Boston. “We chose Honza Káňa and Lukáš Kucser for David and we hope that he will create a compact trio. We need to see them in the match,” said coach Zdeněk Moták.
Mladá Boleslav aims to play again at the top. “We would like to build on last season, and if it only works out a little bit, we need to improve it and move even higher,” said coach Pavel Patera.
They want to forget about the failed last year in Zlín. “You always have the highest goals and a good entry into the competition can help us to do that. At the beginning, we play four times out of five matches on home ice, which is a very friendly lot,” said head coach Robert Svoboda, whose charges are waiting for Litvínov at the start.
But the Severočech team also has something to fix. “The staff change was considerable. But I think we put it together decently. The preparation showed us what we still have to work on,” said coach Vladimír Országh.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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