Slavia pull nine points clear with five league rounds to go; second-placed Plzeň have Sparta on their heels; Samková wins snowboard cross World Cup as coach looks forward to “quiet” 2019–2020 season; and Kvitová returns to second in world rankings.
Slavia inch closer to title after win over Příbram
When second-placed Viktoria Plzeň suffered a 2:1 defeat at Teplice on Friday, the Prague side didn’t hesitate, overcoming Příbram 2:0 to give themselves a massive nine-point lead with a mere five rounds to go.
Slavia manager Jindřich Trpišovský welcomed Sunday’s victory, though he said his charges were a little off the pace.
“It reminded me of a warmup game in January, during the winter break, when the players train non-stop and have had enough. If I were to sum up the game, I’m pleased that we grabbed the points, that we handled the situation and didn’t hesitate.”
That result was the last straw for the bosses at Příbram, who have since fired Josef Csaplár as coach.
Second-placed Plzeň have Sparta on heels
Meanwhile Viktoria Plzeň are not only in danger of failing to retain the league title. If their recent downturn continues, they could be passed out in second place by a resurgent Sparta Prague, who thumped the West Bohemians 4:0 last weekend. Sparta came from behind to beat Olomouc 2:1 on Sunday and are now only five points behind Plzeň.
Samková ends successful season with Veysonnaz win
However, her coach Marek Jelinek says he’s already looking forward to next season, when Samková will have a little time to focus on making improvements.
“It will be training for the following season. It’s ‘only’ a World Cup season. For us the World Championships are, of course, more important – in part because of financing. And after that we will have the Olympics. So next year we will try out new snowboards and some new techniques, to make sure that the world doesn’t leave us behind.”
Kvitová second in world rankings despite early exit in Indian Wells
Petra Kvitová has again climbed to second in tennis’s world rankings, equaling her best ever position. The Czech leapfrogged Romania’s Simona Halep, despite being knocked out in the second round in Indian Wells last week. Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková fell two places to seventh.