The Szánthós are waiting for the Bratislava derby in a difficult situation

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 09:00

Slovan is starting to improve in the Slovak championship, and DAC comes to the Bratislava stage after two defeats, where according to Regő Szánthó, they must give their maximum.

DAC from Dunaszerdahely had a great start to the season, the team delivered results both in the championship and in the Conference League, and everything seemed to be going in the best order at Csallóköz. Then DAC’s European adventure ended in Bucharest, and it looks like the relegation had a serious impact on the team’s championship performance.

“We started really well, we won the first two rounds in the Conference League with success, and I’d even say that we didn’t play badly against FCSB either, we were simply unlucky because the chances didn’t go our way.”Unfortunately, it ended up being relegation, and we cannot deny that this had a profound impact on the team” – DAC Hungarian winger Regő Szánthó told the MOL Team.

The peak does not come at the best time

According to the young talent, there is no question of a crisis, even though DAC was only able to win one of its last six stakes matches and lost four times. The last two defeats befell the team in the championship, the first one can still be explained, as the county rally in Nagyszombati is always doubtful, but the home defeat against Trencsén was shocking.

“I think the problem was with concentration, as we started the match well, we took the lead, and the opponent turned it around in five minutes in the second half. We are very sorry that it turned out this way, we are in a bad period now, but we should not hang our heads, because the most important match of the season is coming up on Wednesday”, Szánthó referred to the rally against Slovan in Bratislava.

“Since I transferred to Dunaszerdahely, I have already played against Slovan, and I was even lucky enough to play against them in a winning match” – said the winger who signed a contract with DAC in the winter of 2022. “This match is always different, a huge rally with many spectators, a great atmosphere and a tension that can only be felt in such derbies. A player doesn’t need more motivation than that.”

They should only focus on themselves

“It is very difficult to play in Bratislava, because you have to detach yourself from all circumstances if you want to get the most out of yourself. We are considered a Hungarian team in Slovakia, we know how much this derby means to the fans, but we cannot afford to overdo it. We have to play with a cool head and only focus on ourselves,” the winger stated.

Slovan stands out from the Slovak field, DAC also starts in vain every year with the aim of dethroning the Bratislava team, in the end the capital team usually wins the championship by a street length. Only seven rounds have passed this year, but the players from Bratislava, who also reached the main table in the Conference League, are leading by seven points in front of DAC and five points in front of the direct chaser Podbrezova.

“Slovan’s situation in the Fortuna Liga must be imagined in the same way as Ferencváros in the OTP Bank League: it clearly stands out from the field both in terms of its playing power and its opportunities.“Of course, it follows from this that every victory achieved against them, and sometimes even a draw, is considered a serious feat.”

“They have an extremely routine team, the average age of the starters is around thirty years old, which includes several players with international routines. They are already leading with a big advantage, and if they don’t manage to achieve at least one draw, they will leave us very far, even though this year the goal is to stay in competition with the people from Bratislava as long as possible.”

“Of course, the goal is to win, but this time the match can turn out in such a way that I wouldn’t be sad about a draw” – added Szánthó.

New coach, new game

At DAC, a new coach has taken over the position of Joao Janeiro, under the direction of Adrian Gula – of course – the team plays a different game than with the Portuguese specialist. Szánthó said that he really likes what the DAC is doing with the Slovak coach, he absolutely identifies with the specialist’s football philosophy.

“We quickly found harmony with Gula, which was also important because we went through an extremely hard preparation period. What is the difference between Janeiro and it?

Perhaps the fact that we are now trying to play more football, we are a more playful team and this can be felt, among other things, in the passing of the ball and the transition game. The password is that we never stand back to defend, we always go forward for the goal”, said Szánthó with satisfaction.

“Our goal was to reach the main table in the Conference League, but since that unfortunately did not happen, we would really like a feat achieved with a good performance. In Slovan’s home, we could restore our self-confidence, not to mention that we could make Slovakia’s best fanbase, the Dunaszerdahely B-center, very happy,” added the Hungarian winger with a smile.

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