Hockey half-time? There is no danger, the balanced extra league starts in the second half

After an even match, Litvinov striker Jakub Černý stood before the journalist and blew: “Every match is a small play-off for us.”

This is a heavily used hockey message at the end of the base. But now it is getting more and more frequent. ”

” No one is really bounced and extraligu makes it extremely interesting, “says Josef Řezníček, the chief of the competition.

Certainly, the best quartet of the league – Pilsen, Hradec Králové, Třinec and Kometa, which has recently lost its glanc – was separated from the extra-league peloton at the beginning of the season.But the rest of the teams (except for Jihlava, who experienced the miserable November) divide only a few points. For example, the penultimate Litvínov is only eight points from the eighth Mladá Boleslav. “It is impeccable that even though there are no salary ceilings in our country, it is so balanced,” Antoš says. “The clubs that have the funds play the top.The others will have one or two starring stars in the team, but they are otherwise based on the coercion or skill of a coach and manager, “adds a long-time extralig striker.

Equilibrium also contributes to the fact that ambitious clubs such as Sparta or Liberec have begun a bad season and are now trying to roll awake.

By the way, the co- it also affects extralig traffic. “Attendance is a barometer of the success of the season, we would expect that clubs with large stadiums – Liberec, Sparta or Pardubice – should play up to have stadiums full and unfortunately not play there,” reminds Řezníček.

But back to unprecedented balance.According to Antoš, who was most pleasantly surprised by the performances of Pilsen and Olomouc, the league field may soon begin to crumble.

“Christmas is decided in the extralize. When someone gets up or down during that period, they will stand there to the end of the base. In January, the transfer market is also closed. Let’s see how it moves. Some teams will still buy and search for the players, “says the expert.

That’s why we can expect table shifts, ups and downs in the extr. “The three-point system is very treacherous. One has to learn, and it helped me too, that it is best not to look at the table at all and leave it for journalists and trainers, “concluded Antoš.

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