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Raúl González: “This is not the right moment to analyze”

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Raúl González: “This is not the right moment to analyze”

After the nail-biting final of the VELUX EHF Champions League, it was hard for both sides to find the right words. Obviously, Vardar’s players and staff were unspeakably happy with the historic win of their team while PSG Handball is already looking forward to the next season.

Stojanche Stoilov was the only Macedonian player in Vardar’s squad today, so this victory is even more special for him. He emphasized on the press conference that Vardar came to Cologne with the clear goal to win the trophy.
“I am very proud to be part of that team. The guys are great characters and they were full of courage during the whole season. This is very important for all the team, for the club and for the whole country. We didn’t just come here to play, we came here for winning the title.”

Timur Dibirov was one of the best players not only for Vardar but in the whole match with his six goals.
“I can’t believe. This is the best experience in my life. I am just happy to celebrate this with all our fans and families now, after those two tough matches.”

Voted the best coach of the season by the fans before the VELUX EHF FINAL4, Raúl González was very satisfied with his team’s performance:
“First of all, I would like to congratulate to PSG, to the team and the coach, because I think they have done a very good job throughout the season. And congratulations to my players as well, because I think they are the best of the world. I am proud of these guys. I don’t want to speak about the game itself, because this is not the right moment to analyze. I only want to say thank you to the players, to the club, to all the people in Macedonia who watched the games. And I want to dedicate that trophy to my family and my best friend Gonzalez, this is very important for me to say.”

Zvonimir “Noka” Serdarusic has already won Champions League with THW Kiel. Since 2015, he has been coaching PSG Handball and he lead the team to two EHF FINAL4s in 2 years. Even though PSG made a step forward compared to last year, the final step didn’t come.
“Congratulations to Vardar for winning the trophy. As expected, this was a tough match with a lot of fighting. You saw that both teams definitely wanted to win the title. Unfortunately we made too many technical faults for such final, for such tight game. During the second half, we gave at least four balls directly to Vardar, and these were punished directly and decided the match.”

Daniel Narcisse could have felt in heaven when he equalized with just seven seconds left and it seemed he saved the match to extra time for Paris Saint-Germain. The 37-year-old “Air France” promised they would be back next year more determined than ever:
“Vardar had a beautiful weekend, they won both matches by scoring a goal in the last second. I don’t know if this ever happened before. Of course we are disappointed. Losing a final is always difficult. It is difficult to find the words right now. We work all the year for such title. We tried to give our best this weekend, but we didn’t succeed. As usual in a final, you have one team having fun and the other one crying. That’s sports. That is beautiful. We are not happy, but we made a good job. We did better than last year. So we have some time to recover now and next year we will fight to be back again.”

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