(Vålerenga-Sparta Sarpsborg 1-2) Sparta coach Sjur Robert Nilsen is highly critical of Vålerenga’s marketing director Glenn Jensen, targeting Storhamar before the start of the series, but also believes he gave his team an extra boost.
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– It’s okay to have faith in yourself. We have to be careful just making A4 statements, and it would be nice if it came from a player. But let a marketing manager do it, I don’t think Norwegian ice hockey has benefited, says the Sparta coach after the away win over Vålerenga in Nye Jordal Amfi.
– Making fun of an opponent is totally unnecessary, adds Sjur Robert Nilsen (53), who is also Petter Thoresen’s assistant coach on the national team.
Faced with criticism from Sjur Robert Nilsen, Vålerenga’s marketing director Glenn Jensen responds on Saturday night as follows: – Sjur and Sparta can do their part, and we in Vålerenga can do ours. So we have to count at the end.
It was before the ice hockey series started a week ago that Glenn Jensen (34) via VG fired at the league opponent Fjordkraft Storhamar in particular. Jensen, who had previously been in goal for the Oslo club and is considered an “Ice Warriors celebrity”, believed that no player on Hamar’s team was good enough to clinch a spot on the best team in the league. by Kenneth Larsen and Espen Shampo Knutsen.
Jensen said this based on what he had seen in a training match between the two teams just before the start of the series.
– No man from the Storhamar team had ever taken a place on this year’s Vålerenga team. Patrick Thoresen is probably the only one who could have been relevant, but he did not play this match, the Vålerenga marketing manager said.
– You say he set fire to the fire. Was there also rice for your own back?
– I believe in sharpening it. But it was a bit of ’80s marketing. I don’t think about any of that. That’s why I say no, replies Sjur Robert Nilsen.
Sparta beat Vålerenga 5-4 in the then-brand-new Jordal Amfi after last season’s pre-Christmas penalty shootout. right after virtually the entire Sarpsborg team was knocked out by the coronavirus. Sparta goalkeeper Tobias Normann stopped all of Vålerenga’s penalty kicks.
This time, Sparta’s new Canadian goalkeeper Jake Paterson (27) saved more than 40 shots from Vålerenga, while Vålerenga goalkeeper Tobias “Tuben” Breivold (20) saved two from just over 20.
– He saved us and won the battle for us. But if you take away the first six or seven minutes and the end of the last period, it was an even match, says Sjur Robert Nilsen, who believes that Vålerenga has the strongest team in the role of the 10 teams in the Fjordkraft league.
– But it’s even. I think seven of the teams will compete for the top spots, he says.
Sander Thoresen (22.29) and Martin Grönberg (29.59) scored against Sparta, before Mika Partanen halved (29.59) in the match.