In Sports News this Monday: Šmicer returns to Slavia as assistant boss; bottom of table tie between Ostrava and Bohemians 1905 ends 0:0; Czechs take only three players to Japan for Davis Cup; Berdych back to fifth after good run in Miami; Dominator Hašek inducted into Buffalo Hall of Fame.
Šmicer returns to Slavia as assistant manager
“The players have to enjoy football. They have to have an appetite for it, whether they’re playing a weak team or a strong team. It’s not work, it’s a game, and if they don’t enjoy it performances will reflect that. We want to get back to such basic things and, starting there, soon head back to the top.”
Sparta remain in front
Slavia’s old rivals Sparta lead the league by eight points. They made light work of Znojmo in the capital at the weekend, winning 3:0. For their part, second-placed Viktoria Plzeň walloped Liberec 6:0.
No change for bottom two after 0:0 draw
“We wanted to win and to be successful, because we knew it was one of the key games of the second half of the season. But given that we weren’t capable of scoring one goal in the whole game, we have to accept the draw. Bohemians were dangerous but the result shows that neither team currently has sufficient strength or quality up front.”
Davis Cup team takes only three players to Japan
Berdych fifth in world again after run to semis in Miami
Tomáš Berdych helped the Czechs win the Davis Cup title last year and the year before but has decided to focus on his own career for now. Berdych has just returned to fifth in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals of the Miami Masters, where he withdrew in a match against Rafael Nadal due to a tummy bug.