Coach Robert Svoboda is pleased that the club management has managed to maintain the base of the team, which consists mainly of hockey players connected with Zlín. “Honejsek, Okál or Šlahař remained. Of course, we are sorry for the departures of the Latvian bek Freibergs to Kometa and the French forward Claireaux to Pardubice. It was not in our financial means to keep them. On the contrary, the young defender Suhrad came from Finland, who is a member of the wider staff of the national team of twenty. So I am convinced that we have a strong, compact and stable team. We are very well prepared for the new season, “he says.
On Friday, Svoboda considers Friday’s match with Olomouc to be a continuation of a series of spring preliminary rounds of the playoffs, which were prematurely terminated in March at a score of 1: 1 for matches due to coronavirus infection. “It will be seen who would go on then,” the coach smiles. “But of course we will be much more concerned with entering the extra league victorious. Like us, the people of Olomouc have a fighting unit without big stars. I firmly believe that we will be happier after the final siren, “Svoboda would welcome.
Thirty-five-year-old Zlín striker Pavel Kubiš is already waiting for the seventeenth season in the highest competition. “We had quite a look at the last one, but unfortunately we didn’t want to finish it. We would now like to build on solid performances. I’m looking forward to more hockey than coronavirus from Friday onwards. We are all already hot in the cabin, I am personally attracted to at least advancing to the quarterfinals, “Kubiš confided.