Top league. Stal Mielec – Lechia Gdańsk 3-3

Before the game against Stal Mielec, Kristers Tobers had only four league minutes on his account this season. The defender played an episode in the match between Lechia Gdańsk and Cracovia (3-0) in mid-August, then he was long sidelined due to an injury. The Latvian representative unexpectedly appeared in the starting line-up of the White and Greens to meet with Stal Mielec, who is doing well this season.

– We knew Mario Maloca would not play because of the yellow cards. During the week Michał Nalepa suffered an injury, the coach did not say directly that I would play, but asked me to be concentrated and ready – explained Kristers Tobers after the match in Mielec.

The meeting in Mielec had an unusual scenario. Initially, Stal was better and took the lead. Then Lechia gave an offensive show, and Ilkay Durmus and Marco Terrazzino’s goals were of great beauty. Ultimately, the players from Gdańsk left Podkarpacie with a 3-3 draw, which is certainly disappointing in the context of their 3-1 lead.

– Of course, we are not satisfied with the result. We can be satisfied with a lot of our game in this match. Nice game only brought a draw, it’s a pity. In every game our goal is to win – admitted “Tobi”.

What about Tobers’ health situation? Will trainer Tomasz Kaczmarek be able to use his services permanently now?

– My goal by the end of the year was to recover. I didn’t think about playing, but about going back to full training after my injury. The fact that I returned to the league fields in November is a kind of bonus that makes me very happy. Many thanks go to our physiotherapists and Damian Korba, the motor preparation trainer. Without them, my return would not have been possible, Tobers said.

For the next match (Saturday, 5.30 pm, Lechia will play against Pogoń in Szczecin), the main players of Lechia will return to the squad – Maloc and Nalep. Will Tobers remain in it?

– There is a word in Polish that I like very much. It’s “competition”, it’s the best thing for me. I can only learn from such good and experienced players as Mario Maloca or Michał Nalepa. The older players help me a lot – admitted the Latvian.

The match against Cracovia mentioned at the beginning, the previous one in which Tobers played, is still the term of the coach of Piotr Stokowiec. The meeting with “Belts” was one of the last in Lechia by this trainer. Soon there was a change, currently Lechia Gdańsk is led by coach Tomasz Kaczmarek.

– I’ve only been in training for three weeks, it takes time for me to fully understand the strategy of the game. The coach prefers to play with the ball, I like it very much, I “buy” this philosophy. Anyway, what I think is less important than the coach’s opinion. He decides – concluded Kristers Tobers, Latvian defender of Lechia Gdańsk.


About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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