The battle for places in the standings on the eve of the playoffs intensifies. Spartak defeated Metallurg, Neftekhimik lost to Sochi, and in Balashikha near Moscow, Vityaz lost to Severstal. The Cherepovites claim sixth place, where Vyacheslav Butsaev’s team now sits. After the match, Vityaz striker Vladislav Kara shared his impressions of the game.
Vladislav, what is the reason for today’s defeat?
“Probably tired. The forces were not enough, the removal failed. We didn’t concede in the game, but we did concede two unnecessary goals. I had a good one-on-one start, but the shot didn’t work, I hit the goalie. It is clear that Severstal came to get points, there they have their own goals and objectives.
Andrey Razin, Cherepovets’ mentor, recently said that his team plans to compete for sixth place, which now has…
– We still have time and games to add our points and unconditionally move from 6th place to the playoffs.
This is very important: where to start in the playoffs? Who would you like to meet in the first round?
— It is desirable to end the regular season on a good note and start from 6th place. Many games went to this. And the rivals are taller than us, they are all good teams there, skilled. Whoever we hit, we will fight with that.
You came and left Severstal twice. Are the matches against this team important to you?
– Maybe there is something, a little. He wanted to score, but not to prove something there, but for our team to win. I will not point to Severstal as the main rival.
There are only two regular season games left. Calculate how difficult it was to play so many games on a tight schedule…
“Yeah, they got into a rhythm. Many games are good, give more days off! Concessions are made in training. If there was free time, we would be more motivated.
Vityaz had a great start to the season. Then you admitted that it’s all about mom’s cakes, that he invites the team. Will there be strategic preparations for the playoffs?
“Unfortunately, my mother has gone home. But let’s think: maybe he will cook there, he will take a picture, and we will already visualize it here!