“CSM’s squad is stronger than ours but maybe we have better team spirit. However, many good players can build up a good team quickly. I think our chances are better for the FINAL4 than last season, still I think the chances are on Bucharest’s side. CSM can defeat us in Budapest too, but I hope with a good performance, we can come out with a good result,” – said head coach Gábor Elek to the club’s official site fradi.hu.
“I have seen positive things in the last days, both in the spirit of the team and tactically. We know this game is important and it seems we clicked on at the proper time. This also happened last season and I find a lot of similarities between what happened then and what is happening now.”
CSM president Bogdan Vasiliu added: changing the coach in the last hours is just one of the surprises they have prepared for the Hungarians. The match will start on Friday, at 20:00 local time (19:00 Central European time) in Bucharest.
“The good thing is that we’ll have nothing to lose, the pressure will be on them and we’ll have to take advantage of that. We know that it’s only two matches and that anything can happen – there is no such thing as logic in handball. Győr are always aiming for the top spot and they are my personal favorites to win the Champions Legaue again this season and to beat them would be something incredible. We have to make a good result at home in order to believe in our chances before the return leg. A win would be a good start, but it’s almost mandatory, since it’s so hard to win in Győr.” – she said to ehfCL.com. The Slovenian sharpshooter knows what she is talking about as earlier she has spent two seasons in Győr, so the duel will be something special for her.
“There is no such thing in Champions League as an easy match. At this stage, we need to be prepared for tougher matches, plus we are starting the duel away. Metz have shown great results in the last times, but it is the most important to bring out the most of us, then we can have great results. Our injured players are recovering, but we will have to wait until the last seconds of the warmup to see if they will be able to play.”