Even though their performance was fighting they did not make it against Slavia and lost 0:1. Of course, this is a complication in their way to the title but the captain Pavel Horváth stirred his co-players up and did not lose his renowned humour.
Viktoria had the next important step to the title ahead. On the home pitch they met Slavia Praha, which was very encouraged by their last high win so they did not come to Plzeň to defend only.
The match of the two completely different half-times and with heart-attack but happy end for Viktoria. This could be characteristics of the match Viktoria – České Budějovice. „If I shall evaluate the match, I´d start with the 1st half-time when we played very well. We scored two goals and hit an upright. We had control over the game and were successful. Unfortunately we messed up the beginning of the 2nd half-time,“ Pavel Vrba thinks about the match.
On Friday evening Viktoria entered the 26th round of the Gambrinus League and welcomed České Budějovice. There met two teams on the completely opposite ends of the standings. Viktoria is the 1st on the contrary Dynamo is the last team.
Viktoria entered the match having known the result of Sparta, the biggest rival, when they lost against Juhlava 2:2. „We knew the result from this match. We were also aware of Jablonec´s qualities,“ Daniel Kolář admits. Jablonec was the first team to score so they confirmed what our players expected. Luckily they were able to turn the match. „I though everything was open and there´s plenty of time so we kept calm,“ Vladimír Darida describes the mood of the 1st half-time.
On Sunday foggy afternoon there met two teams, which did not have a lack of motivation. Jablonec and Viktoria wanted to take advantage of their followers´ failure at the top of the standing of the League and to gain bigger distance before Sparta and Olomouc. The match promised thrilling show.
Debut in the opening lineup of Viktoria and a goal. This is not a bad premiere at all and especially if we figure perfect defensive work in. „The first goal means a lot to me. It definitely helped the whole team. We didn´t start well at all, Příbram played very actively and relied on their quick breaks,“ Lukáš Hejda says.
The kick-off of the 24th round match of the Gambrinus League was planned at 20:45 because of the final match of Plzeň´s ice-hockey team. The opponent of Viktoria was Příbram, which belonged to the relegation places several rounds ago. This team under their new coach František Straka was able to gain 8 points in the last 4 matches. On Friday night they had to miss Tomáš Hájovský, Petr Trapp and Tomáš Wágner – these players are in Příbram from Viktoria on loan spell.
Coach Vrba and his team have a very hard match behind. 1.FC Slovácko showed themselves as a very strong-willed opponent and Viktoria was searching an answer for their game for a long time. Finally they found it and brought home 3 very important points.
Two teams with completely different worries met in the 23rd round of the Gambrinus League. Viktoria is wrestling with Sparta for the 1st place, Slovácko is worried because of the bottom places of the standings. In the spring afternoon both teams really wanted and needed to win.