Joining the Polish powerhouse Zaksa was a big move for Arpad Baroti and his career. After changing the agent in December and signing with Georges Matijasevic, his dream of playing in Poland came true.
The COVID 19 coronavirus outbreak prevented him and his team to win the championship title. While we are waiting for the outcome, we’ve decided to contact and to make the interview with Baroti.
How are you coping with this coronavirus situation and did you stay in Poland or have returned to Hungary?
“Yes, I’ve returned with my girlfriend almost 2 weeks ago! I try to stay at home and move out only to buy some food for us or for our parents!”
This was your first time playing in Poland. Did the strength of the league and the atmosphere in the matches fulfill your expectations?
“Absolutely, I heard about the Polish league it’s a very strong league and the fans, atmospheres are amazing! It’s been a great journey so far. It was one of my goals to play in Poland.”
Are you, personally, satisfied with the way you played, but also with Zaksa’s campaign in the league?
“I think it was a good season for me but there is still room for improvement! I am satisfied with Zaksa, they are professionals, the coaches, staff and medical staff too.”
It turned out that exactly Zaksa and Kuzbass played the last match in the Champions League prior to the suspension of all European cups due to coronavirus pandemic. Do you think that your team would have more chances to eliminate the Russian club if the rematch was held with the presence of the spectators?
“It’s a difficult question! Who knows? It was a really hard game, they played really well that day and I think my team was missing the fully packed stands and the atmosphere that fans create at home!”
The season is over in Poland but unlike the women’s competition, the title in the men’s competition hasn’t been awarded. What do you think about that decision of the league’s organization given that Zaksa would have become champions in case the criterion for the title remained the same as for women?
“I think we deserved the title since we worked hard all season and I heard a lot of sport decide to give the title who finished the first place but unfortunately we didn’t! We played 24 games out of 26!
What are your plans for the next season and what’s your training program in order to stay in shape during this break that’s longer than expected?
“I had some offers but I still want to wait a little bit! I have a schedule from the national team head coach, he sent us a workout program!”
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