News 2.4.2008

La Ling for newspaper Šport: We Are Not Down Yet!

Tschen La Ling does not give up even after the match in Žilina

You arrived in Slovakia last week. What is, in your opinion, the situation of your club? – we addressed the Dutch owner of Trenčín football club Tschen La Ling after the game in Žilina, where AS lost 0-4.

“Of course, our situation is complicated but so it was when we started the whole project. Last year in May, the decision about us staying in the league came in the very last game. We did not have much time to change something. On the other hand, we said that we were going to put a lot of efforts in building of an excellent organization and a winning mentality in the club and, in fact, we are still working hard on these things. We started with exchanges of the players who were not professional enough. We made a couple of changes in December and, after the winter preparation we thought it went well but football can be inscrutable – even if you did your best in preparation, adequate results may not come. That is why football is so interesting. It is difficult for us now but we keep on working.”

However, it is going to be very difficult for you to stay in the league now...
”I agree but it was similar a few months ago. That is why we tried to do something new because we said to ourselves that if we continued the old way we would have had no future anyway. For us time is what matters. Of course, we would like to stay in the league and we are doing our best to succeed in it but even if we did not we will continue in our effort.”

So do you still hope you will stay in the league?
”Yes. We are going to be out when our deficit is seven points before the last two rounds.“

Have you discussed this topic with your players again?
”Yes, our general manager Róbert Rybníček frequently talks with players and they take full responsibility. The coaches too do their best as well as the club’s management. This is the only thing you can do.“

The arrival of a reputable international coach was supposed to be one of the most important things during the winter break. The reality is a new but very young Slovak coach…
”We decided for a combination of a young Slovak and a young Dutch coach because our experience with Mr. McDonald was not good. You know that a good coach is very difficult to find. And why to have a sick horse and exchange him for another sick one? That would make things even worse. We therefore took some time and we know we have to change something but that has nothing in common with quality of players or coaches.“

Is quality of your players sufficient for Corgoň Liga?
”We have played several games in which we could win. They have shown that individual quality is sufficient for the league but we are not able to create a team. This is an issue that needs time.“

Were you very disappointed with the performance your team showed in Žilina?
”We have a very young team, in fact the youngest team in the league that tries to show its best as far as combativeness and motion is concerned. However, we need a bit of luck to be able to reverse games. For example, when the score was 0-2, Sluiter, in my opinion, was not offside in his chance – I was sitting there on the line – and if we made it 1-2 we could have reversed it. Instead, after five minutes it was 0-3 and it was over. Things like this happen and when your position in the table is bad, referees do not show you much favor and then it is even more difficult for our team.“

Time is running very quickly against you. Where do you want to find an inspiration for the idea you are presenting that you will stay in the top league?
”We are thinking about it, we have a couple of alternatives. We have ten more games. As I said, when there are two rounds remaining and our deficit is seven points, then we will be down. But we are not there yet.”

Games schedule
Fortuna league, baráž, 14.7.2020
FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

complete standings

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