Flash Quotes Main Round Day 9

Group B

Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v Genesys OSC Budapest (HUN)

Vjekoslav Kobescak, coach, Jug

“I have no words to describe our performances in recent weeks. After the defeat against Spandau, we lost two games in the Regional League, and it is obvious that we are in a big crisis of form and results. Tomorrow’s game can give us a lot, but also take away a lot, so I hope we will be able to get up and get out of this black hole.”

Franko Lazic, player, Jug

“We have been playing badly lately, which is reflected in the results. OSC is a serious opponent with excellent players, and we will have to be at a much better level if we want to take points and stay in the race for the Final 8.”

Daniel Varga, coach, OSC

“We will play a decisive game in Dubrovnik, so our goal is clear: we need the three points. 

It is easy to say, but very difficult to make. We have good memories from last season when we won in Bazen Gruz. I can see my players everyday that they are very motivated and focused to our next game against Jug. I am looking forward to this high prestige game.

Kristof Varnai, player, OSC

“It will be a very important game if we want to maintain our goals to reach the Final Eight. Only with precision when it comes to defence and a few outstanding performances will offer us a chance and we will do everything we can to achieve this.”

VK Novi Beograd (SRB) v FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN)

Radomir Drasovic, player, NBG

“We are playing in our pool against the team which we’ve never beaten so far in the Champions League. Because of that, we have a huge motive to finally win the game against FTC Telekom Budapest. This match is very important for us because we want to stay in a position to claim the first place in our group. We have a huge respect for our opponent, but I hope that we will give 100 percent and that we will take three points at the end.”

Zivko Gocic, coach, NBG

 “With the game against FTC Telekom Budapest on Tuesday we will close the circle of some very important games for us in the last month. Also, this is a very important moment in the season, because after this game in the Champions League we will have a break due to the national team events, and we would like to finish this part of the season with a win. We know very well that it will be a very difficult game because we are playing against the great team of FTC Telekom Budapest. We have a huge respect for them because we know how they play and what kind of results they had in recent years. It will be a very hard match, but I believe in my team. The truth is that we had a very tough tournament in the Regional League last weekend, but we will try to do our best and I just hope that it will be enough for the win.”

Zsolt Varga, coach, Ferencvaros

“There were many missing players from our rivals last time and they still played a hard game with us. Now we are facing a complete Beograd. We have to find out how to play effective against them. It will be a good test.”

Szilard Jansik, player, Ferencvaros

It was a huge thing that we could win at home, but do not forget that not everyone played on that match from our team. It will be a nice test to know how the team play at this stage. In my opinion we are in a good shape, and I hope we can cause a surprise.”

CN Marseille (FRA) v Astralpool Sabadell (ESP)

Milos Scepanovic, coach, Marseille 

“The match against Astralpool Sabadell is essential for us. We have to win this game. From the start, we will have to impose our rhythm against this young and dynamic team.”

Mishka Izdinsky, player, Marseille 

“It’s a complicated time for us. Whatever happens, I am convinced that we will do everything to get out of this situation and get back into the race this season. The game against Sabadell is very important for us and would be a good opportunity to bounce back before the international break.”

Quim Colet, coach, Sabadell

“We have another day of action in the Champions League and a new opportunity to get a victory against a team that we beat at home and in a very good way. Despite everything, we know that they have a great team with some extraordinary players, so if we want to win the game, we will have to do things very well.”

Bernat Sanahuja, player, Marseille

“We go to Marseille very much looking forward to repeating the victory we achieved in the home game against them. We know that it is a team with many stars and that it should surely stand higher in the classification, but the situation is what it is. We are going with a lot of morale as we are leaders in our league and we hope to compete at the maximum as we have been doing so far.”

AN Brescia (ITA) v Spandau 04 Berlin (GER)

Petar Tesanovic, goalie, Brescia

“We are facing a very good team. They have a lot of great players, and they are playing very well recently. It’s not a positive moment for us, but we are focused to do our best against Spandau.”

Group A

NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE)

Vladimir Vujasinovic, coach, Vouliagmeni

“We are playing against one of the main contenders for the final victory in Belgrade, so our goal is to play the best we can as we did so far.”

Nikolaos Kourouvanis, player, Vouliagmeni

“It will be a tough match against a very good team with good players, but we are also a good team and I believe that if we are psychologically, above all, ready for it, we will be much more competitive than we were in the match in Piraeus. We will give our 100%, as we always do, to get the best out of this game as well.”

Igor Milanovic, coach, Olympiacos

“We are playing against Vouliagmeni, with whom we drew at their home in our last game and I can say that we are happy that we didn’t lose under strange conditions. I hope that on Wednesday we will play better. First of all, I want all our players to be able to play, because we have been facing a lot of injury problems lately. I believe deeply in my team and in the heart of my players and I believe we will win the game.”

Christodoulos Kolomvos, player, Olympiacos

“Against Vouliagmeni our only goal is to win. On the other hand, our opponents have shown that they play good water polo which can make it difficult for us. We have to show that we are a better team. We have to avoid situations like the blackout we had in Kraugujevac and lost points. We need to get back to winning.”

Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)

Karsten Seehafer, coach, Hannover

“Against Tbilisi it’s possible to gain some points, we won in their home, we want to do it again.”

Mark Gansen, player, Hannover

“In the first leg in Tbilisi we showed what we could do. If we retrieve that and continue to play with concentration and, above all, with emotion and heart, then nothing stands in the way of us keeping next points at home.”

Aleksander Radovic, player, Hannover

“We have to confirm that we are better than Tbilisi. This is a good chance to add three more points.  We can count on that, especially after our last game in Greece.”

Dejan Stanojevic, coach, Dinamo

“This game is very important for us and for each of our players individually. In the match with Hannover each of them must show, in addition to motivation, desire and energy, discipline and maximum performance of their technical skills. That’s the only way we can play a good game and try to achieve a good result. That’s why this game will be very difficult because every defence and every attack will have to be played with maximum discipline.  We didn’t have the experience of playing tough matches against a quality opponent, and only if we are concentrated, disciplined at the maximum, and make a small number of mistakes, can only match such a team.”

Rezi Imnaishvili, player, Dinamo

“After the regrettable defeat against Hannover in Tbilisi, we put all our energy into preparing for this game. I think it will be very difficult to beat them at home, but we are ready for it, and we will do everything.”

Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) v Jadran Split (CRO)

Uros Stevanovic, coach, Radnicki

“This is the most important game for us in the season so far. With the qualifiction for the F8 in mind, this match is “to be, or not to be” for both teams and the losers chances will be significantly reduced to reach the final tournament.”

Zoran Poznanovic, player, Radnicki

“This match is one of the decisive ones for the qualification at F8. In Split, we dropped the victory at the end of the match. We hope to rectify that in the second leg and continue the race for F8.”

Jure Marelja, coach, Jadran

“We played well against Radnicki in the Regional League in Split, the score was 15:3 for us. I see Radnicki struggling also against Mornar, I think we have a good chance to get points there and stay alive in our Final Eight quest.”

Andelo Setka, player, Jadran

“Our momentum is on a rise, we played three good matches in the Regional League, had wins against Radnicki, Partizan and Crvena Zvezda and now we must show that form in our away match. Radnicki is a good team, they are a bit down now, still, we must be at our best to have a chance to win.”

Pro Recco (ITA) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP)

Maurizio Felugo, president, Pro Recco

“We are proud to bring a fantastic international water polo event back to Milan, finally without the limitations of the pandemic which last year forced us to a reduced capacity in all three matches played in Bocconi University. An extraordinary pool that enhances water polo and the event we want to build around the Champions League match, which, for the athletes present in the game, could undoubtedly be worth an Olympic final.”

Aleksandar Ivovic, captain, Pro Recco

“We come to this important match against Barceloneta after the Italian Cup Final 8 – three games in three days are a formula that takes away a lot of energy and we hope to have some more for Wednesday. We celebrated for a few hours, and starting this afternoon we focus on Barceloneta.”

Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta

“We must change some things from the first game. I am sure that we can play much better, I expect a tense match.”

Alberto Munarriz, player, Barceloneta

“We will play a very difficult game against the best team in the Champions League. We know they are the favourites and that’s why we know how complicated this game will be. We will enter this match with great desire even though we know it will be difficult, they have the pressure to win. We made a lot of mistakes in the first game. If we correct them now and play more aggressively in attack, we can be in the game. That will be the key of trying to win, we didn’t succeed at home, but I believe we will have our chances.”