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Comments about the Main Round draw

Comments about the Main Round draw

Today had been drawn the Main Round groupes inCL. Coaches and representatives of the participating teams analysed the composition of the groups:

Tor Odvar Moen, coach at Larvik HK:

” This was a satisfying draw from our view, but I mean that we did everything on Saturday to set us in this position, of the group-winner. This way we could avoid the two biggest favourites: Győr andOltchim, to have them in the same group with us.

In our group Győr is definitelly the main favourit, but there will be a very open fight and I think that we will have a good fight to get a semifinal-position.”

Photo: Márta Kállai

Ambros Martín, coach at Győri Audi ETO KC:

“This draw had no importance for me, if we want to win the CL-title, we have to defeat every team in this competition.

Larvik will be a very strong opponent, until February they will have back some players from injury. In my oppinion they are one of the main favourites to win the CL-trophy this year.

The team form Podgorica is well known both for me and my team, and I expect some hard fights against them. Randers made the biggest surprise to getting a last-minute Main Round berth , but at this level there are no weaker teams. Every qualified team has to be taken very seriously, we will prepare to defeat them. My team will not prepare against specific teams, the main goal is reaching the best possible shape until Main Round starts.”

Petre Berbecaru, the club-president of Oltchim Rm.Valcea said:

“I would have been much more satisfied if we would have been in the same group with Győr, because this way we could avoid to play against them in the semifinals. But this group seems very approachable regarding the qualification. Győr could be avoided in other way too, we have to be on the same places in our groupes. So if I want to make a joke , if they are losing a game, we have to do the same. Of course this is not possible, because we want to be victorius in every match.

From Group 1 Győr and Larvik will move to the semifinals, and from our group Oltchim and Krim. Buducnost it’s not the same team like last year, without Popovic and Bulatovic, making more than a half team. ”


Photo:Márta Kállai

Gábor Elek, coach of FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria was also satisfied with the draw:

” There were three possibilities before this draw and I mean that we have got the best one. Our main goal this year, was to qualify to the Main Round and we have succeeded. Szandra Zácsik is injured, so we have to to play all the upcoming matches without her. But if I would be funny I would say that she can get back to the court to the CL-final.”

Zdravko Zovko, coach of Zvezda Zvenigorod:

” This is a good draw, there are no easy opponents in this round. Two of our opponents are very well known by us: Ferencváros from last years CWC-fights and we also met Krim this summer in two preparation matches. And no doubt that Romanian Oltchim is one of the strongest team in Europe , together with Győr and Larvik.”

 

 

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