A wasted Sunday afternoon

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“You go off and explore Brno for yourselves I think it would be nice to spend some time away from me”

“I’ll meet you just after 5.00pm in the pub next to my flat”

I am not too sure if the above sounded convincing, but this was the excuse I gave to my brother Ross and his girlfriend Carys as I said farewell to them in Spolek, a pleasant café in the centre of Brno.

I had “more” important things to do ….a pre-season friendly on the astroturf close to the old Boby stadium. The game which had caused me to abandon my visitors (sorry) was Blansko v Tisnov.

A friendly over here is exactly what it should be and offers very little in terms of competitiveness. What it does give you is a chance to bed in new players and if you manage to go into the season with a string of good results it can raise the confidence of supporters and players.

The game against Tisnov was our first opportunity to see Ivan Beranek and Dominic Flachs both promoted from the youth team plus close season signings midfielder Frantisek Schneider and defender Lukas Kolacek. In addition to this we would also see if our new boss ZZ Zboril had made any major tactical changes to the way we played.

Any pitch where Petr Svancara plays attracts a crowd, so it was no surprise to see a healthy crowd of a 100 plus. What was a surprise and a cause of disgruntlement amongst the Klobasa was to see that only Lukas Kolacek from the new additions had bothered to turn up (we are not buying into the excuse that they were all ill)…We could have stayed in U Biheho Beranka a bit longer.. text us next time.

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Disappointment put to one side (as soon as we’d opened our Cerna Hora), it’s great to see ZZ intends to play attacking football and the team favour passing it out from the back rather than hoofing it up field and so the style of Michal Kugler has been retained. This is a huge relief for all of us who had to put up with the ineptitude of Grmela’s team a couple of seasons ago.

Apart from the positive style of our new manager, we didn’t learn too much about the squad. The good news is Honza Trtilek and Petr Svancara have continued their good form, both scoring in the 2 all draw. In addition to this we still have David Juran (a friend on Facebook) performing well between the sticks..Keeping hold of these 3 is a massive boost to our promotion hopes and we go into the first game after the break full of confidence and with a new flag.

As Wingy wrote earlier in the week…. Roll on Rosice.

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