Coach Canada John Cooper noted the integrity of the upcoming game with Russia in the semifinals of the world championship on hockeywhich passes these days in Cologne and Paris. And forward of the founders of hockey Matt Duchan fears that the world Champions can be destroyed by “red car”.
“Do you agree with the fact that Russia – Canada is the main international confrontation? If you remember the story of hockey, this is the real war. So Russia, of course, is not ordinary. But if we remember the 1960s, 1970s and so on, then at once all becomes clear. Here even say nothing. Russia and Canada. In one sentence” – quoted by Cooper, the newspaper “Sport-Express”.
Recall that in the quarterfinals of the world Cup 2017 Russia beat the Czech Republic (3:0), and the Canada – Germany (2:1). The semi-final Russia – Canada will take place may 20 and will begin at 16:15 Moscow time.
After the quarterfinal match with Germany, which the Canadians won by a whisker, Cooper admitted that the opponent made his team nervous. His team controlled the match but were not able to put the squeeze on the opponent.
The coach also noted the amazing atmosphere in the arena in Cologne. According to him, the German fans made the game and have absolute respect for both teams.
The upcoming meeting with Russia commented on the striker team Canada Matt Duchan.
“I played a couple of times already with this team. If we don’t have an established transition from defence to attack Russia they will destroy us. So we need to be very careful in defending, try as much as possible to retire and not give the opponents any space. We are going to reach the final and show on Saturday at my best”, – quotes the words Dusana “Cempionatam”.
Second place in the final will compete for Sweden and Finland, leaving behind the playoffs, respectively, Switzerland and the United States.
Tretiak: canadian hockey players are not invincible
Team Canada at the current world championship is not invincible team. This opinion was expressed by one of the main characters of the Soviet-canadian 1972 summit Series, now President of Federation of hockey of Russia Vladislav Tretyak.
“Canadians have a good team here too. The match Russia – Canada is always stormy interest. Undefeated teams not even “red car” (the informal name of the national team of the USSR) lost a lot of time” – quoted by TASS Tretiak.
Team Canada in this tournament has suffered one defeat against Switzerland (2:3). The Russians also lost at the tournament, once team USA (3:5).