Derby is occasion to show our quality
The derby is almost here. Nico Stanciu answered the questions on the press conference before the Sunday match against Slavia.
Are you still thinking about the last derby with 3:0 for Sparta after the first half and 3:3 in the end?
I remember it, but I am trying to not think about it. The whole last season was not good, so I rather don´t remember it. I'm trying to focus on the present. I'm sure that if we have the same first half as in the spring, we certainly will not repeat the same scenario.
Derby is an extraordinary match, how do you look forward to the atmosphere of the match?
It is an amazing match, the biggest in the Czech Republic, just like the Steaua derby against Dinamo in Romania. It is great to play these matches. It's an opportunity to prove your quality, every player wants to play such duels.
Slavia is known for the high-pressing. How to deal with it?
We're working on it, the coach and the whole team will definitely figure out, how to play against it. We play home. We didn’t loose home game almost a year. We want the game to be about us, not about Slavia and we will do our maximum for it.
Do you feel somehow the speculations about your transfer?
I do not know if anything is happening around me. I read it only in the newspapers. Anyway, I'm not thinking about it now. We're in the middle of the season, and I am feeling well in Sparta. I'm here to win some trophy. Definitely, I do not want to leave the club before I get a trophy with Sparta.
Do you feel that the derby is not just about prestige but also about rescuing the whole season, because of the great loss to Slavia?
It's an important match, not even decisive. Even if we lose, we will play against them twice. But as I say, it is important and it would be great for us to take all three points.
Slavia want to have a beer shower in case of winning. Do you have some extra motivation because of it?
This is not motivation for us. I do not know if the Slavia need it. The main motivation should be the honor to celebrate the victory in a derby. This is enough for motivation.