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2020 2021 Champions League LEN Events News Water Polo

LEN Champions League Preliminaries Quotes Day 2

GROUP A – CC Ortigia (ITA) v Pro Recco (ITA) 7-10

Stefano Piccardo, coach, Ortigia

“It was a good match. We managed to keep up with them until the last quarter, by that time they were two goals up. However, I am extremely proud of my whole team. Step by step we are growing. We have some young players who are not used to this, the level of the Champions League. Tomorrow we are going to have another difficult match but we will rest now a bit and think about it later.”

Valentino Gallo, player, Ortigia:

“It was a really tough game, tougher than the one yesterday. Had we played like this yesterday we would have won. They are more complete as a team. They have two strong centre forwards whereas we only have one. Once he was out it was difficult for us to cover everything and our game suffered while theirs grew stronger. Hopefully next time we can show more and win. Compliments to Recco on their victory.”

Gabriel Hernandez, coach, Recco:

“This year is going to be like this, there won’t be easy games for us. We must accept that and grow together as a team. Tomorrow ‘s match against Spandau won’t be easy, they never give up so we must approach it with 100% focus. It is not an easy path but we must continue to work and improve.”

Francesco di Fulvio, player, Recco:

“It was a beautiful match to watch and play I think. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. They know how to play and it was a derby worth of the Champions League. They played very well, they have excellent players, an experienced goalkeeper and it’s in their mentality to never give up. Congratulations to my team as well. Tomorrow’s match will be the same, a demanding one.”

GROUP B – Hannover (GER) v Barceloneta (ESP) 8-16

Karsten Seehafer, coach, Hannover:

“We played our last game in September, ten weeks ago. Since then only training –and now we immediately had to play against one of the fastest teams in the field. In the wake of this, I think we did some good things but also conceded a couple of easy goals and missed some man-ups where we should have done better. We expected that the players’ spirits will be high, that could somewhat help us in the given situation and the team did that part well. Now we had to focus on our following matches, none of them will be easier.”

Aleksandar Radovic, captain, Hannover:

“It was a long time ago when we played a game and that didn’t make our job easy today. But even if this happened, we need to reach a certain level as we will play in the Final Eight so we have to learn from this game and try to do better in the next. Of course, we knew that Barceloneta and Ferencvaros are the favourites here, they are better than us, for our team the game with Jadran is the most important, we have to win that match fore sure.”

Chus Martin, coach, Barceloneta:

“We played the last Champions League match nine months ago so it is great to be back and to win this match. It was not as easy as it looked like, my focus was on our defence, which worked well, eight goals are fine at this level. I am satisfied with our offence too, we scored some great goals. I want to see a good rhythm from my players and today at some stages we had the right one.”

Alberto Munarriz, player, Barceloneta:

“We are very happy for this victory, this is the most important thing, not my six goals. Our last Champions League match was nine months ago so we were very eager to play in this competition again. The first match is always a challenge, you are supposed to play as a team but sometimes it can be difficult after such a long break. I think the team performed very well today, we want to push as hard as possible to close down the match.”

GROUP A – Spandau (GER) v. Olympiacos (GER) 9-13

Petar Kovacevic, coach, Spandau:

“We made the same mistakes we had committed yesterday. At the beginning we reacted better but then conceded 4 goals at the beginning of the second quarter in a period of maybe 2 minutes, I’m not sure. That was the key to the game as Olympiacos is a team that knows how to close down a match after such a break. We have to face three former winners of the Champions League in three days. At this moment we are just not ready for that.”

Maurice Juengling, player, Spandau:

“Unfortunately, we lost another match. I think we reacted better than yesterday. We were in the game during the first one and a half quarters but then lost our game. They scored too many easy goals, had better control. We conceded four goals quickly and the match was finished. Tomorrow against Recco it’s not going to be easy but we can play a good game where we have nothing to lose. We can only make a surprise. Tomorrow is a new day.”

Theodoros Vlachos, coach, Olympiacos:

“I am very satisfied. Two wins in two days – this is what we wished for. Tomorrow we face Jug, our traditional rival by now. We want to win again. We are aware of the quality Jug possesses and that match it is going to be quite different than the first two games. We are very motivated and our spirits are high.”

Konstantinos Genidounias, player, Olympiacos:

“Coming here we absolutely wanted to win the first two games in order to be contenders for the Final8. Wins against Ortigia and Spandau were those two wins. Tomorrow we will face Jug and that is going to be a very difficult meet. They have the speed but in the end I think the man-up and man-down is going to decide the match as it is usual these days in water polo.”

GROUP B – Jadran (MNE) v Ferencvaros (HUN) 2-11

Petar Radanovic, coach, Jadran

“Of course, this is a new team, we lost five key players so I have to be happy to see our young ones playing against the top teams of Europe like Ferencvaros. Well, I was not satisfied sometimes as we made some unnecessary mistakes but we are in a learning process so this team needs time to play more even matches at this level.”

Marko Petkovic, captain, Jadran:

“We knew the match would be definitely tough for our young team against Ferencvaros, the champion of Europe. We suffered unexpected losses in the Montenegrin league, lately we are not playing the typical game of Jadran and we are definitely not in good shape, I don’t know why. We are trying to make things go better, we watch videos of our game to change some bad stuff we do. I hope that the game against Hannover tomorrow will be better than today.”

Zsolt Varga, coach, Ferencvaros

“We had some problems in the previous ten days or so, those mostly came because of the injuries, key players weren’t really ready and that left its mark on our league matches which we lost. We did not do a miracle just talked through what we had to simplify in our game to make it more effective, what we needed to fine-tune in order to raise our level. I think found the solutions for today, the team did well, we played like a team, did not make big mistakes and that led to this easy win.”

Denes Varga, captain, Ferencvaros

“We conceded a load of goals in our previous domestic games which alone would have felt awful but the worst of all was the way we played those matches. The whole was not worthy of our club and of ourselves either. Our self-esteem was hurt, especially in our second loss to OSC. This was in our minds when we came here today, though I’ll be honest, I believed it was going to be a much tougher game so I do hope we can keep this level tomorrow against Brescia as well.”

Toni Nemet, player, Ferencvaros

“I think we recovered from the shocks we had recently and today we offered a very high level performance. Our defence worked much better than any time in the past two weeks and we never lost our focus. This is how we have to continue here as we face a much tougher game against Brescia tomorrow.”

 

GROUP A – Jug (CRO) v Marseille (FRA) 11-10

Vjekoslav Kobescak, coach, Jug:

“It was a good match. Apart from the very beginning, we took control of the game and closed it down even if they did come close at the end. They are a very good mix of players, they swim a lot. Tomorrow is going to be a different type of game I think since Olympiacos has two very good centre forwards. We would like to close the tournament with a third win.”

Marin Tomasovic, player, Jug:

“I’m happy as I’m fairly new to the Champions League and these are some of my first goals for Jug in this competition. It was a good match. Apart from 0-1 at the beginning we took control of the game. They are a very good team. I am really happy that we finally get to play even in these conditions with everything going on with the virus. The rhythm is high but I’m really enjoying it.”

Milos Scepanovic, coach, Marseille:

“I would like to congratulate Jug. They did exactly what they are known for, with routine and experience. It is not easy to find answers for that. However, we managed to regroup ourselves and come back, but it was too late. All in all I’m satisfied, though I have to be modest and realistic. It’s never good to lose but our approach is the right one I think when playing against the greats of water polo. It takes time to grow. Tomorrow we finally face an opponent of the same level as ours and are going for a win.”

Thomas Vernoux, player, Marseille:

“It was a tough game. We started off terribly but then started to play our game in the second half of the match. Our reaction was good but it was too late. We were hoping to do a good tournament and expected to win but we still can’t beat the top teams. Tomorrow we have to win.”

GROUP B – Dinamo (GEO) v Brescia (ITA) 9-15

Zurab Rurua, coach, Dinamo

“We didn’t play a lot of matches, and in the Champions League our last game was in March against Marseille at this level, so it wasn’t an easy task. We had a good start but especially in the third period we conceded three or four goals from counter-attacks. In games like this you cannot let that, these stupid goals were really painful. Otherwise I think we had a good game, so I’m not 100 per cent satisfied, but let’s say 85 per cent.”

Marco Jelaca, captain, Dinamo

I think, we can be satisfied with our performance, especially in the first two periods. We are a new team, this is only the second season we play in the Champions League. I think the first period was really good, but we didn’t have as many games as the other teams so first we need to get in shape to play even better.”

Edvin Caldarera, assistant coach, Brescia (acting as head coach)

“It was important to have a good start in this tournament and we managed to achieve that. It wasn’t an easy game, we had some problems at the beginning but we did much better later, we had good pace and clinched these three points. It was good to be the head coach for this game, but Alessandro Bovo will return for the next game so we will be at full strength.”

Chirstian Presciutti, captain, Brescia

“After a month with no matches this first one was kind of breaking the ice. Play by play we found our game and I think we did pretty well and we tested a lot of new things for our next matches. It wasn’t easy to play without our head coach in this first match, it was a bit different but we did well at the end.”