The Gambrinus Liga was back in action this weekend after a three month winter hiatus. I went to three games in Prague and here are the five things I learnt.
- Ladislav Krejčí is lucky his right leg is still intact – Sparta youngster Krejčí has overtaken Vaclav Kadlec (in my eyes) as the hottest property in Czech football, but the 19 year-old suffered a horrendous challenge yesterday. It’s amazing his leg wasn’t broken with this tackle – the slow motion reply makes horrible viewing. I sincerely hope that Krejčí is back playing sooner than anticipated, a big miss for Sparta and Czech football.
- Sparta’s new style will take time – There were signs yesterday that Sparta are evolving as a team but there remains a fine line between high pressing and wreck less tackles. Four Sparta players were booked in the space of 25 minutes following over eager challenges. You get the impression these players are almost trying too hard.
- Viktoria Žižkov will be relegated – Hardly a bold statement considering they have only won two games all season, but with the departure of Vaclik in goal and the lack of cutting edge upfront – makes this side look destined for the drop. You cannot fault their effort and commitment, the second half against Dukla showed some fighting spirit but the lack of quality is glaringly obvious.
- David Lafata and Jablonec are the perfect fit – It’s hard to notice what is special about Lafata when he plays. He is small, not physically strong or blessed with pace – in fact he often resembles a man running through quicksand when he attacks. But for some freakish reason the guy is always in the right place at the right time, the kind of man you want standing at the bottom of a burning building as you throw your baby out of the top window. He barely had a notable chance in today’s game but was there to steer home the winner for Jablonec with 10 minutes left. 19 league goals in 16 league games, incredible.
- Bohemians 1905 deserve their own stadium – Bohemians and Slavia ground share just doesn’t work. Both sets of fans would agree. This was illustrated by the permanent vandalism to the Bohemians club shop at Eden last season. Bohemians are a proud club who should be playing at the Ďolíček, the sooner this happens, the better.