Updates: 11.08.2021 07:15
Released: 11.08.2021, 07:15
Monaco – Monaco football coach Niko Kovac thinks that Sparta, which his team eliminated in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League after winning 2: 0 away and 3: 1 at home, will prosper during the season. He described the double match with the people of Prague, whose game he likes, as challenging. The team of coach Pavel Vrba intends to continue watching.
“It was two challenging matches, especially the outdoor one. Sparta presses high, attacks very well and is physically very strong. We saw the dates after the match in Prague, even though we were physically better. I like the style of their game. I think they will prosper in the season, “Kovač told a press conference.
“Sparta and Slavia are the biggest favorites for the title, maybe Pilsen will talk about it. Now the basic group of the European League is waiting for them, just like last season, in which they played with Lille or AC Milan. I think they will do well in it. all the other teams we played with, I will also watch Sparta, “said Kovač, 43.
His charges in Tuesday’s domestic retaliation struck twice between the 50th and 56th minutes, thanks to Gelson Martins and Alexander Golovin. David Moberg Karlsson was given a chance to change things around. Sofiane Diop took advantage of a mistake on the home side’s right after 78 minutes.
“We have the first step behind us. It was not a simple double match, but I am happy with the results and the attitude of the players. That’s exactly what I want as a coach. Now we have to rest and continue in the league against Lorient on Friday, “said the former player and coach of the Croatian national team and Bayern Munich.
The eight-time French champion will compete against Shakhtar Donetsk in the final playoff of the Champions League. “I haven’t studied it yet. We have to prepare for Lorient first and then think about Shakhtar. Last season we saw how good a team it is. They beat Real Madrid twice. They have a lot of Brazilian players who are very good. They are led by a new Italian coach. (Roberto De Zerbi), “said Kovač.
“It’s the toughest opponent we’ve come across in the playoffs. It’s an impressive team that is used to playing in the Champions League. They’re favorites. But we believe in our strength and quality. We’ve worked hard last season to win the chance to play. We are looking forward to the match, but as a coach I think of Lorient first, “added Kovač, who took third place with the team in Liga 1 last season on the Monaco bench.