Seven possible opponents for Sparta! Who will be awarded the Friday of the Champions League?

Already on Friday at noon, the hockey players of the Prague Sparta will find out about their opponent for the eight-final playoff of the Champions League. Coach Josef Jandač’s charges will be one of the winners of the eight basic groups among the stakes, and one of the seven teams that advanced from second place will be awarded a draw in Zug, Switzerland (Sparta cannot run into Sweden’s Växjö, which she met in the group). Which rivals in the fight for the quarterfinals are offered to the citizens of Prague?

Roman Vondrouš, ČTK

Although Sparta lost in Växjö at the beginning of the basic group A, the subsequent series of five victories secured it a promotion from the first place. The round of 16, which is played in two matches and advanced to the team with the better score from both duels, should start outside and then play revenge at home. The first matches of the quarter-finals are scheduled for November 16 and 17, and revenge a week later.

“I would like to go to Switzerland and enjoy it a bit. We will not enjoy the city so much, but to see at least nature and its surroundings along the way would be nice, “said Spartan striker Filip Chlapík after the progress.

Possible Sparta opponents for the Champions League round of 16:
Zurich (Switzerland)
Mannheim (DEU)
Munich (DEU)
Skelleftea (SWE)
Leksand (SWE)
Rouen (Fr.)
Bolzano (It.)

If his wish came true, it would mean that he would be pulled out of Sparta’s fate on Friday. Zurich, who left Mladá Boleslav behind in the group.

Other options are two clubs from Sweden – Skelleftea a Leksand (beat Třinec Steelworks twice in the group), leader of the German league Munich and the other team of the table of the same competition Mannheim.

Probably the most viable opponent would be the French Rouen, which ranks sixth in the domestic competition table, or Italian Bolzano. It is ranked eighth in the international ICEHL competition (formerly EBEL), five places behind Znojmo.


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