Flash Quotes Main Round Day 13

Pre-game quotes

Group B

Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) v Astralpool Sabadell (ESP)

Denis Strelezkij, player, Wasserfreunde Spandau 04
„The chance of a qualification is theoretically possible for my team but still very low. We will try everything to use this theoretical possibility. We’ve trained hard and concentrated during the whole season to win and not to lose games, regardless of our situation in the ranks.”

Marin Restovic, player, Wasserfreunde Spandau 04
“We want to achieve the best possible placement in our group. In the current season we could play attractive games several times. In our last home game, we don’t want to disappoint our fans who have accompanied us through the season and we wish to present an exciting game.”

Quim Colet, coach, Sabadell

“We approach the match against Spandau as one more learning occasion for the team, against a rival we almost beat in the game we played at home. The intention is to finish the competition as high as possible, and we are going to Germany to try to win the game.”

Sergi Cabanas, player, Sabadell

“We are facing a key week. On one hand, we have the Champions League match against Spandau, then on Wednesday we start the fight for the league title in our pool. We consider Friday’s game as one more chance for the team to gain confidence and reach the final play-off in a good shape.”

Genesys OSC Budapest (HUN) v Novi Beograd (SRB)

Daniel Varga, coach, OSC

“We don’t have the chance for the Final 8 anymore, but we do have to win the Hungarian Championship. The best way to achieve our dreams is to play a quality game against Novi Beograd. If we play well, we’ll be able to keep even three points at home.”

Erik Csacsovszky, player, OSC

“We can’t reach the final eight, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t give hundred percent in every game, and we will try our best to beat Novi Beograd.”

Zivko Gocic, coach, Novi Beograd

“There is another very important and tough game in front of us. We are in a difficult position because this match is coming between two games of the final series in our domestic championship. We are playing against a team, which have improved their performance level and play much better in recent weeks. It will be a very exciting and interesting game. We will try to prepare ourselves in the best possible way and try to do our best. If we do like that, we can expect a good result in Budapest.”

Radomir Drasovic, player, Novi Beograd

“This is a very important game for us for many reasons. First of all, if we win, we will secure the second place in Group B for the Final Eight tournament. Also, another win will give us self-confidence and good energy for the end of the season. OSC Budapest is a very good team and a tough opponent, especially when they play at home. We need to forget the result from our previous game, and we need to approach it like it is the final match, because that is the way we can achieve our goal.”

CN Marseille (FRA) v Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO)

Milos Scepanovic, coach, Marseille 

“We will approach this match like all the other matches of the season. We are going to do everything to win this match in front of our home crowd as well. The Dubrovnik team has shown a lot this season, they can win big games. It’s up to us to be better!”

Andrija Prlainovic, player, Marseille 

“Jug Adriatic is one of the best teams in the history of water polo. We have faced them several times with defeats and victories at the end. We will therefore approach this match like all the others of the season. We have worked hard, and we are ready. Playing in front of our home crowd is a privilege, so we will do everything to get this victory and try to qualify for Final8.”

Vjekoslav Kobescak, coach, Jug

“Perhaps the key game of the season is ahead of us as far as placement in the Final 8 is concerned. Although we are tired, considering that on Tuesday we played against Jadran in the final of the Croatian Championship and that Fatovic’s appearance is still in question, we will do everything to gain the point that takes us to Belgrade.”

Matias Biljaka, player, Jug

“Marseille are a team that improved their form in the second part of the season and play excellent water polo. We are a little tired from the tough schedule, but we know what a victory would mean to us, and we will do everything to get it.”

FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN) v AN Brescia (ITA)

Zsolt Varga, coach, Ferencvaros

They are very fast, strong and they play a really good modern water polo. For us, the most important is the final of the Hungarian championship and this match is a key part of our preparation for that. Of course, this is a game of prestige, furthermore a really important match, still, we are in a build-up period now.”

Soma Vogel, goalie, Ferencvaros

“We have been working very hard since our last match. This match against Brescia is really important, but as I know we don’t have a real chance to move up in the standings. It will be a perfect preparation for the final of the championship.”

Edoardo Di Somma, player, Brescia

“We wil face a very good team. They are strong and they will do their best as they play at home. We are ready and our will is to win the group. We have to be ready, with the right concentration.”

Group A (Saturday)

Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) v NC Vouliagmeni (GRE)

Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta

“Vouliagmeni are the team that play even matches with Olympiacos. Our game with them in Greece was not easy at all. We must not underestimate them.”

Nicholas Porter, player, Barceloneta

“We are excited to welcome Vouliagmeni to Sant Sebastia this weekend. We had a very competitive match with them in Athens in the first round, and they have collected some great results this season. It is a very important match for both teams as we are fighting to secure the 1st position in the group, while Vouliagmeni are trying to secure qualification for Final 8. There is a lot at stake, and we are looking forward to a physical, exciting, and high-quality match.”

Unai Biel, player, Barceloneta

“Vouliagmeni are a very strong team, very well prepared physically. We must be good in our defence and keep our speed in counter attacks to be able to take all three points and keep the first place in our group.”

Vladimir Vujasinovic, coach, Vouliagmeni

“We are currently playing the final series of the Greek championship and certainly our attention is focused on that. I hope that, first of all, we will have the mental strength to play a quality game against one of the best teams in Europe. Our goal is the Final 8 in Belgrade, and I hope that we can achieve that in the next two games.”

Nikolaos Kastrinakis, player, Vouliagmeni

“The upcoming game against Barceloneta is a very interesting one. The Spanish team are one of the best in Europe and no team have beaten them in their home, so it is a good chance for us to test our limits but also prepare for the games left in the season. We come from a series of tough games with very little rest but we will try our best to beat them.”

Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB)

Karsten Seehafer, coach, Hannover

“We have a chance, and we hope we will realise it.”

Andrija Basic, player, Hannover 

We expect very hard game against a very good opponent. They lost a few important matches in the last month, still they have quality individuals who can play excellent. I think we are prepared, we trained well in the last few weeks, and I hope we can win.”

Marco Macan, player, Hannover

“Radnicki are the favourite, but they come without a few key players, so we have our chances.”

Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)

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Pro Recco (ITA) v Jadran Split (CRO)

Nicholas Presciutti, player, Pro Recco

“We must not think about the championship final, we have this European match and we want to keep our mind on Jadran, finally in our home pool in Recco. They are a good team that is experiencing an important moment of the season as they are before Game 5 of the series for the national title against Jug Dubrovnik. They certainly won’t come here for a walk, but they will play all their cards to try to get into the final. For our part, we will try to stop them and demonstrate our qualities into the pool.”