GB won’t be underestimated by Finns – Willberg
According to Finnish sports journalist Tommi Willberg, the Finns will not be taken lightly when they meet later tonight in Kosice.
This is the fifth game for both teams and the goals are very different as they prepare to face with three points to win.
And Willberg, who writes for the Swedish language newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet (abbreviated HBL), admits that GB is his favorite team and hopes to make life more difficult for Finns.
"I think GB is a team not to be underestimated and we saw that anything could happen," he said. "They are humble, work hard and if the match is blank in the third period, they have a chance.
"I have to be realistic here and say that Finland is a big favorite, but I hope that GB can make their life difficult. GB is my favorite team in the tournament so far. I spoke with Jonathan Phillips, a very classy man.
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"He took the time to talk to the Finnish, American media and he told me about the tournament last year and this last dramatic match, while he was tied with 18 seconds to go before taking it in overtime. That gave me goosebumps to hear.
"Even though they had a tough time against Denmark, they played so well against the United States on Wednesday. I thought the score was just a 6-3 loss and Phillips said they were happy with that performance, especially the goals against these NHL superstars. "
Kaapo Kakko, the teenager with six goals and an assist in four games, is considered a top pick for the NHL.
Willberg is a big supporter and feels that the Finns have done a lot better than expected, which has led to higher waiting times.
He added: "Up to now, Kaapo Kakko has been the big hero with two goals against Canada, a hat trick against Slovakia and a last one against Denmark.
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"It was a start he did not expect. He's so good at watching and when you see him so physical and strong, it's hard to believe he's than 18 years old
"But until now, I think Finland has done better than expected. The big superstars of the NHL have not arrived. Apart from a controversial defeat in the United States, it goes well in my book.
"Finns still have high expectations for a tournament like this and they play for gold, or at least are among the top three.
"That being said, I personally think they will participate in the quarter-finals because the other group in Bratislava is so difficult, with the teams present.
"With the right start, expectations have gone up, but it's still early in the tournament."