Even the team coach doubts the victory of our athletes.
Today will be the quarterfinal match of the World Hockey Championship. The chances of winning our team are small. So consider the Russian and foreign bookmakers. The largest bookmaker "William Hill" assesses the probability of winning the Russians by a factor of 1.65, and Canadians 1.1. And the Russian office “Marathon” set a coefficient of 2.1 for the Canadian team victory, and 2.98 for Russia.
The fact that the Russian team reigns in excitement is recognized by the athletes themselves. On the eve of the match, the team lost the main defender. Nikolai Belov at yesterday's training session hurt his eyes and most likely will miss the game against Canada. Also today it became known that in the morning Belov was no longer rolling out, and Aleksey Yemelin took Belov’s place in a pair with Ilya Nikulin.
But the main thing is that the head coach himself does not believe in the victory of the Russian team. On the eve of the World Cup decisive match, Vyacheslav Bykov publicly criticized his players and praised the Canadian youth team that came to the championship.In an interview with the newspaper “Soviet Sport”, Bykov said: “If we had such young people, perhaps we would now have put it up against Canadians.”