There is something to be said about being practical. And Switzerland hockey coach Christian Wohlwend is about as practical as can be when it comes to his team’s chances against Canada in the World Junior Championships.
Switzerland went 1-0-3 in group play, earning them a date with one of the top two tournament favorites Tuesday. Sure, anything can happen, and Canada even is contending with a few injuries on defense, but the Swiss boss isn’t optimistic and elected to absolutely eviscerate his own team and its chances of a win well before the game.
The good thing, kind of, is at least he’s being this candid to his team, too.
But then again, if you’re a 19-year-old getting ripped by your own coach in that manner before the puck even drops, can’t imagine that’s a great feeling.
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