In Sports News: Title seems Sparta’s to lose after leaders pull 10 points clear with 10 games to go; Lafata equals Siegl’s Czech league goals record but latter’s overall tally still looks unassailable; Plzeň refuse to throw in towel on domestic front as European exit looms; Sáblíková wins eighth speed skating World Cup but is too tired for World Championships.
Sparta pull 10 points clear with 10 games to go
“In my view we started well. Thanks to our activity we created a number of situations where we perhaps came close to scoring. But then it was as if the home side lost their diffidence. In the second half we were also active but they defended well and there was a constant chance they would catch us on the break. We suffered – we wanted it a lot, but it wasn’t easy.”
Lafata equals Siegl’s Czech league goals record
No domestic capitulation from champions Plzeň as European exit looms
“We’re not throwing in the towel. We’re going to fight till the end, even though it won’t be easy, of course. Sparta are playing well. Also the fact they’ve been playing only one game a week all season means they have it easier. But that’s no excuse. I think everybody at Plzeň is proud we’ve been able to play in the cups… It’ll be hard, but we’ll fight.”
Actually Plzeň themselves are unlikely to have any European cup distractions after this week; they welcome Lyon on Thursday in the Europa League having lost 4:1 in the first leg of that round of 16 tie.