Filip Jicha didn’t help his team-mates to avoid defeat in the first match of the WCh 2015 Play-Off in Serbia 23:15. Hall “Cair”, the place where Czech Republic stayed without two World Championships (2009,2011) and lost chance to play in the EHF EURO 2012 Main Round, still is unbeatable venue for Jicha and Co. His red card after brawl with Bojan Beljanski moreover made impression that VISA for Qatar 2015 is far, far away..
– We lost the game with eight goal difference and it’s too much, I didn’t expect that. Also I couldn’t expect that we would show a great performance here and that we would win here, but I didn’t expect that we will show such poor performance. In the first half we played completely disastrous handball and that’s the key for the result.
Filip didn’t score any goal in the first match…
– It’s hard for me because I got injured few weeks ago and I couldn’t do any practice. I tried to do some good action in the game, but obviously this was not the case. I tried to fight and to push my team – said Jicha and explained more about his injury:
– Yeah, it’s serious. I have a rupture of the ligaments in my ankle. I will try again next week again, but I know that my ankle is injured and I have to take a rest. Obviously I’m not in shape, because I couldn’t do it any practice. But, one week left, one game left and I will do my best.”
Nis and Cair Hall are once again a “bad luck”…
„Yeah… But we are really happy to be here, to be in Nis, because people are so nice to us. I really like it here. But obviously, we cannot show a any good performance here, in this hall.”
Hope still exist before second match in Brno next Saturday…
– We have to try to figure it out why and what happened. And to try to be better next week in Czech Republic – concluded Jicha.
TEXT: ALEKSANDRA DENIC
photo: Alex Wipf, reprezentace.chf.cz