In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň edge closer to title with 12th win in row as Sparta falter; Nedvěd becomes ambassador of big-spending Chinese Super League; Plzeň recover to make it 2:2 with Sparta in Extraliga playoffs semifinals; and Jágr’s Florida reach playoffs in NHL.
Viktoria Plzeň edge nearer fourth title in five years as Sparta falter
Those results leave Sparta, who have a game to the good, nine points behind with seven rounds to go this season.
Daniel Kolar, who scored Plzeň’s second against Jihlava, said he and his teammates weren’t counting any chickens.
“We’re glad that we have such a lead. But it’s not the end yet and there are still a lot of points at stake. We’re taking it positively but of course we know that there’s a very difficult road ahead of us.”
Sparta were missing goalkeeper David Bičík and a number of other regular starters in their loss at Slovácko. But midfielder Ladislav Krejčí said they still should have done better.
“We’re not going to use the line-up as an excuse. There are 20 of us in the first-team squad and we should be capable of standing in for one another. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for us.”
Krejčí and Co. will be in action again on Thursday, when Sparta face Villareal in Spain in the first round of their Europa League quarter-final tie.
Ambassador Nedvěd says much more to come from Chinese Super League
“It will take time – because you can’t just create football overnight – but they don’t have any problems economically. Because there are a lot of them – they’ve got the quantity and they will definitely choose from the quality. So I think they need to be reckoned with in the future.”