The only Prague team in the highest competition did not spend the summer. After a quick drop in the quarterfinals with Kometa, it was clear that the changes would come. “I have to admit that I’ve been digging for a long time. Sometimes I recall it and go back to my thoughts. But now I’m trying to focus on the new challenge, the new year, “says Kalous.
The most remarkable changes can easily be found on the goalkeeper’s post. The pair of Pöpperle – Novotny are gone, instead of them the club leadership brought young Fina Sami Aittokallia and David Honzik.The more experienced Fin, who also tested the NHL in two games, should start as the first.
Perspektive Honzik has also been dealt with alternate starts in České Budějovice.
“In recent years in Sparta no goalkeeper managed to succeed. We have already tried to bring a goalkeeper who is not so familiar with this fact. Sami is a longtime youth representative. Together with Honzik, we wanted to bet on the younger goalkeepers with a long-term view, “Sparta Michal Šroba, a new sports manager, told us.
Three new faces appeared in Spartan defense.Referees Tomáš Dvořák, Tomáš Pavelka and Petr Zámorský should improve the start of the attacks, the starting and the combination in the power games – one of Sparta’s biggest weaknesses last season.
The arrival of three foreigners – Alexander Reichenberg, Vinny Saponari and goalkeeper Aittokallia – resulted in a change in Spartan trainings. From the start of the training, the coaches give instructions in English.
“The players took it well. Most of them have already met her career. These instructions are very simple. It works well, “explains coach Kalous.
The Spartan leadership said the new club’s budget was 115 million crowns. The amount should cover the running of the first team, youth, club management, marketing, and other administrative activities.The total amount of the four-fifths is shared by club partners and sponsors Sparta is currently around 120.
From the Spartan camp, voices say that one of the traditional favorites of the extraliga this year is not the hottest candidate for the title. Still, goals are once again the highest.
“Sparta must have the highest goals. Still, after a long time we probably are not a clear favorite of the competition. There are teams such as Kometa, Hradec Kralove, Mlada Boleslav and Třinec, which have strengthened a lot. The competition can win anyone. Changes have been a lot to us, so we want to take step by step steps. But my goal is to win, “the coach Kalous does not stop with the master ambitions.