Champions League, Main Round, Day 10 PRE-GAME QUOTES

Group A (Wednesday) 

19.00 Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) 

Dejan Stanojevic, coach, Dinamo 

“Another important and difficult match against a team, which is playing great and which has raised the  level of its game compared to our first match, which we played in Kragujevac. An excellent team led by  5-6 top players, a combination of youth and experience and a team that rightfully competes for the  highest ranking in the Champions League. We have to leave behind the fatigue we have after the  qualifying matches for the European Championships and, through great motivation, aggression,  swimming and desire, we want to play a quality game against Radnicki. Defence, aggression and  discipline in the game must be at the maximum level during the entire match. We are ready to see how  much we can and what we can do against such a qualitative opponent.” 

Uros Stevanovic, coach, Radnicki 

“Dinamo sees its chance to claim its first points in this game and will do everything to not end this  year’s competition without points. We are the favourites, but we have to play with maximum focus in  order to win. We are a young team in this competition, but we want to win every game in order to gain  the reputation that other clubs have.” 

Luka Pljevancic, player, Radnicki 

“After the defeat against Barcelona, we want to return on the winning path. For most of our young  players this is the first season in the Champions League, and we will do our best to present ourselves in  the best possible way and gather the much-needed experience for the upcoming seasons.” 

19.00 FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN) v Zodiac Atletic Barceloneta (ESP) 

Zsolt Varga, coach, FTC 

“We had a pretty rough period with Covid cases in recent weeks, which means that we have to be really  careful and clever with how we reintegrate the players. Last week we were able to work well, and we  had to since the game against Barceloneta can potentially decide our fate. We’ll put everything we have  into this game, but everyone has to bear in mind the circumstances, on top among them that Barceloneta  has an extremely strong roster to choose from. They’re one of the best teams in the Champions League  and our form hasn’t got back to its peak yet, so we need our fans to be patient and loud at the same  time!” 

Marton Vamos, player, FTC 

“The first half of our season was kind of perfect, 31 matches unbeaten, winning the Hungarian Cup… – it was inevitable that a drop in performance levels will follow. This game will tell a lot about our  relatively young team, about what we can really achieve. Barceloneta’s roster is pretty much flawless,  they swim well, they’re strong, have a long bench, so we’ll face one of the very best teams in the world,  it’s not a fluke that they find success year in year out. In our away game we were able to sneak out a  draw, but this time around we wouldn’t want to leave it to the last seconds… Having said that, if we  have to win it in the dying seconds, so be it!”

Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta 

“Ferencvaros has a great team, I really like the way they play. They are very mobile, they can change  tactics in the middle of the game. Their results, just one lost game, speaks volumes about their quality. I  think we have raised our game to a higher level in the last few weeks, so I expect a really good game  and good results from my team.” 

Marc Larumbe, player, Barceloneta 

“The match against Ferencvaros is crucial for both teams, we both depend on the result, whoever wins  will have more chance to qualify for F8, it will certainly be a difficult match. We will do our best and  see what the final result will be.” 

Unai Aguirre, player, Barceloneta 

“This week’s game is of great importance for us. We have started the last phase for the qualifications  for F8 where it’s determined who will pass and who will not. Ferencvaros is a direct rival, we are two  points behind them. It will be a difficult match in their pool. We will go with our best.” 

19.00 Jadran Split (CRO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 

Mile Smodlaka, coach, Jadran 

“We are in good shape with two big wins in a row. First against Ferencvaros in Champions League, and  now we won against Jug Adriatic Osiguranje in the Croatian Championship. Olympiacos is a strong  team, one of the best in the world, and a strong contestant for the European title. In an away game  against them we were not in our best shape, but now, in front of our home crowd, we can do better.” 

Marin Delic, player, Jadran 

“We are happy with a win against Jug in the domestic championship. We trained for the game for a  week. Konstantin Kharkov played a great game, scored six goals, with him in that form we can beat  anyone, even Olympiacos. They are the favourites on paper, but we believe in our strength and hope to  get a win in this game.” 

Theodoros Vlachos, coach, Olympiacos 

“The fewer games left until the end of the group stage to qualify for the Final 8, the more urgent is the  need to win each game. Our last two defeats brought us to a different position and now we must  immediately return to good performances and positive results. We know that in Split we will face a very  strong team and we need to play a very good game to leave with a positive result.” 

Andro Buslje, player, Olympiacos 

“We have a very difficult task against Jadran Split, as it is a very strong team. The last unfortunate  results left us a little behind, and we need to return to good performances. We have to perform very well  in order to gain a good result in Split and I’m confident that we will achieve it.”

20.30 AN Brescia (ITA) v Novi Beograd (SRB) 

Dejan Jovovic, coach, Novi Beograd 

“Every upcoming game for us is the most important. That is the way we organised our work, and  because of that our full focus now is on the team of Brescia, our next opponent. We have a huge respect  for Brescia, but our goal is to win in every game. I think that at this moment we have the highest quality  team in Europe. We want to show that in every game and we will try to do our best to win this match.” 

Dusan Mandic, player, Novi Beograd 

“Brescia showed great performance so far in the Champions League, but we will try to do our best to  win this game. We need to have more concentration, especially in defence. We play very efficiently, we  scored many goals in every game, but we should be better in defence. If we play aggressively in defence  and stay focused throughout the whole game, we will have a chance to win.” 

Group B (Tuesday) 

18.00 Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v CN Marseille (FRA) 

Karsten Seehafer, coach, Hannover 

“Some players played in the European Championships qualifications, it’s not easy to prepare for the  Champions League, but Marseille is in the same situation. Marseille played well this season, qualified  for Belgrade, we need the points, but we have to play with patience.” 

Predrag Jokic, assistant coach, Hannover 

„It’s a difficult game. The team from Marseille showed the most in our group along with Pro Recco. We  are playing in our pool, and we will try everything to get a positive result.” 

Darko Brguljan, player, Hannover 

“We are still in fight for the F8, the game is open, and we have our chance. Three big points are in the  game for us, this is an important week, so I hope we will be successful.” 

Alexander Radovic, player, Hannover 

“It’s going to be very difficult, we haven’t trained together all week but in the Champions League we  have to do our best. I hope for a good performance.” 

Milos Scepanovic, coach, Marseille  

“The preparations for this match have been a little bit special. Indeed, our internationals have gone on  training with their national teams, but that doesn’t mean we’re taking this game lightly. On the contrary,  victory is essential to confirm our qualification for the Final 8. The working methods were different but  effective at the same time. We are ready to play our game, to impose our rhythm. Hannover is a very  experienced team and I know they will do everything to win this match. It’s up to us to give the best!”

Pierre-Frederic Vanpeperstraete, player, Marseille 

“We’re going there with a conquering spirit to confirm everything we’ve already achieved by now. It’s  not going to be an easy match, especially since we were all separated for ten days because of the  European qualifying tournaments but we are confident.” 

19.00 Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 

Vjekoslav Kobescak, coach, Jug 

“Crvena Zvezda comes to Dubrovnik with a new coach who is perhaps the best in the world and that  gives another dimension to their team. It is certain that it will not be an easy match, especially since we  will not be complete, but I believe in my players and I hope for another victory in the Champions  League.” 

Konstantinos Kakaris, player, Jug 

“We beat Crvena zvezda in the first match in Belgrade, but now they are coming with a new coach who  will surely bring them some new things, so I expect a difficult match, but also our victory of course.” 

Dejan Savic, coach, Crvena Zvezda 

“These were difficult two weeks for our team, the change of coach and the rhythm of coaching certainly  affected the players. We were preparing for the match and we hope to play a quality game, although the  players are tired from Saturday’s match against Novi Beograd where we won and showed that we could  match the best teams.” 

20.00 Steaua Bucharest (ROU) v Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) 

Petar Kovacevic, coach, Spandau 

“We weren’t able to train much during the week because most players of our team played at the  European Championship qualifiers. I think the guys will return to the club highly motivated after the  successful outcome. With this motivation we want to jump into the water against Steaua Bucharest.” 

Soran Bosic, player, Spandau 

“After successfully qualifying for the European Championship, we’re back at the club with full of  energy. We have to take the positive outcome from the weekend with us to Bucharest and give our all to  bring the three points back to Berlin.” 

21.00 Pro Recco (ITA) v Genesys OSC Budapest (HUN) 

Ben Hallock, player, Pro Recco 

“We will play against OSC in Milan and this should be a really good game. The Hungarians are always  extremely talented offensively; we all need to play a really strong defensive game. Bocconi University  is beautiful, the pool obviously is extremely new, the presentation of the games has been special, so it  has been a pleasure to play there so far and I’m excited to play against OSC on Tuesday.”

Daniel Varga, coach, OSC 

“We had very difficult six weeks behind us. That time we did tough gym workouts and very intensive  trainings, so my players are very strong but for sure not in the best form yet. 

Recco is the favourite of the game so there is no pressure on us, but we will try to give our best to cause  some surprise and to improve as a team and individually as well.  

It will be an awesome experience playing with Recco in a brand new and fantastic pool.” 

Kristof Sziladi, player, OSC 

I’m really excited to play against Pro Recco. We prepared a lot for this match. I think each point or  points will matter at the end. In my opinion they are one of the best teams. I want to learn as much as I  can. I hope, we will play a good match.”