Just for the record. In statistics, Václav Kotal has two triumphs from the 1975/76 and 1979/80 seasons. In the first case, Sparta defeated Slovan Bratislava 3: 2 at home and 1: 0 away in the final. In the second, ZŤS Košice 2: 0.
“As a coach, I was close to the cup in Jablonec, we finished in the semifinals with Liberec. So now I’m in the finals for the first time, for the first time I have such a chance as a coach, “reflects the 67-year-old coach.
Little did he know that such a chance would come. When he came to the disbanded team after the first spring round, he had had enough of his worries.
“When we took over the team, we knew that there was still a chance for the cup. He was one of the goals. But the main task was to get into the cups at all. We have fulfilled this, now we can create an even better position. We talked about the MOL Cup from the beginning and I am glad that we have the opportunity to win it, “Kotal muses.
The novelty goes to the opponent’s hand
The finals have been played on neutral ground in recent years. This year, for the first time, the organizer is a lesser finalist, with the league table after the end of the basic part being decisive. Sparta has to go to Nisa, which Kotal doesn’t like very much.
“There are a lot of opinions on the news. Internally, it bothers me that it is played on the field of one of the teams, undoubtedly the home environment is an advantage. Maybe it will help us that the organizer of the final is the FACR, so our fans can be at the match. But I saw the distribution of tickets and I’m very curious what the environment will be like in the end, “says the Letna coach.
📰 KOTAL | “The players have rested, they are looking forward to the finals. I believe that everyone is well prepared. I’m looking forward to it, for the boys, it’s a well-deserved reward for you after our winning series. “
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Ten days ago, Sparta defeated Liberec 4: 1 at the beginning of the league superstructure, but lost the previous two mutual duels of the season.
“The players are looking forward to the match. The last time we beat Liberec at home and the opponent will learn, “Kotal is clear.
“We will see what tactics will be. It is one match that decides everything. The line-ups will probably be similar to the last match. He can decide a single goal, so the teams will play responsibly from the defense. I’m looking forward to the finals for the boys after our winning series, a well-deserved reward, “notes coach Sparta.
He sacrificed the mentioned series for the cup. On Sunday in Pilsen, he let key players rest, and Sparta lost there for the first time after eight winning competitive matches in a row.