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Pre-game quotes

Group B

Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN)

Vjekoslav Kobescak, coach, Jug

“We are slowly getting in shape after the defeat and a very bad game in Sabadell. Two victories in the final tournament of the Regional League and a convincing victory in the semi-finals of the Croatian Championship gave us the hope for a favourable outcome against an excellent team like Ferencvaros. Three points would probably secure us a spot in the F8, and we will do everything to achieve it.”

Toni Popadic, goalie, Jug

“Ferencvaros is one of the best teams in the Champions League and one of the contenders for the title. In the first match in Budapest, we were close, unfortunately not close enough. Tomorrow we will do everything to claim three points, which would mean a lot to us in achieving our ultimate goal, the Final 8.”

Zsolt Varga, coach, Ferencvaros

“Dubrovnik have two faces. They played very good matches in this year, they won in the Regional League semis against Novi Beograd with penalties. On the other hand, I saw some weaker performance from them. Of course, a weaker performance from Jug would be good news for us, but most of the time they play well. We are getting ready to face them, and we want to win in Dubrovnik.”

Stylianos Argyropoulos, player, Ferencvaros

“I am very excited, I am looking forward to play there again. I hope a lot of people will come to the pool, because I believe that it will be a good, tough game. This match is very important for us. We need to play well as we need these three points. Also, it is really important for Jug, but I believe we will win the game.”

Astralpool Sabadell (ESP) v Genesys OSC Budapest (HUN)

Quim Colet, coach, Sabadell

“We face the match against OSC BUdapest with a lot of desire to win again in our pool, as we did on the day of Jadran. The team is growing day by day in this competition, and we are very satisfied with the response from our fans who help us every game. OSC will be a tough rival, but we are convinced that we will fight until the end for the victory.”

Edu Lorrio, goalkeeper, Sabadell

“After the important victory last day at home against Jadran, we also beat Barceloneta in the league game, which has given us a lot of morale to face the next Champions League games we have. The OSC game is very important because it is a direct rival and right now they have the same number of points as us, so we take the game as a true final.”

Daniel Varga, coach, OSC

“Sabadell have been in top form as they defeated recently Jug Dubrovnik and Barceloneta as well. In our first game in Budapest we played a game with a lot of ups and downs, but at the end we were be the happier ones with the three points. They have special tactics in attack, since they play without lefties. We are preparing against a team playing with a high intensity and diverse tactical solutions. And I think both teams still have a slim chance for the Final 8.”

Gergely Burian, player, OSC

“Sabadell is a very unpleasant team to play against – they have a really good defence with lots of young players. They made it difficult for other teams to win at their home, so we need to give 100% to bring home all three points, and to keep our chance to get in to the final 8. To achieve that, we must win. All in all, we are going to give the best of ourselves, and win.”

Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) v CN Marseille (FRA)

Peter Rohle, team manager, Spandau

“There are no weak teams in our group. Over the course of the season, we have seen excellent matches with surprising results time and again. Marseille is an excellent team, much better than their current position in the rankings indicates. Spandau suffered a clear defeat in Marseille. We want to take revenge for this, but we have to give 100 percent of our performance.  We expect a great crowd and with the support of our fans we will do everything to show a strong game and keep the points in Berlin.”

Luca Marziali, player, Spandau

“This game is a tipping point for our season, if we win, we can keep fighting to reach the final 8. Marseille is in the same situation so it will be a very interesting game. They are one of the best teams in Champions League, but they have to come to our house where it hasn’t been easy for anyone this year.”

Milos Scepanovic, coach, Marseille 

“We have four matches left in the Champion’s League, it’s up to us to give our maximum to qualify for the Final 8. Four teams are fighting like us to clinch a place. We are working for it and time is with us. It’s up to us to give everything against this great team from Spandau 04 Berlin who are having a great season. I have confidence in my team, we have found a good dynamic.”

Ugo Crousillat, player, Marseille

“It’s a crucial match which can allow us by winning it to be still in the race for the Final 8 so we are extremely motivated.”

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

Alessandro Bovo, coach, Brescia

“This is a key game for the first place which is our goal. Let’s play with one of the candidates for the title, a team with a lot of quality. We are good, we are growing, we need a great match, we need a great help from the public.”

Zivko Gocic, coach, Novi Beograd

“This will be one more very tough game in a row for us. We are playing against Brescia, a great team which had the most constant performance in the last three or four years in Europe. They are playing on a very high level, but we know very well their qualities and weaknesses and we will try to prepare in the best possible way. I believe that we will be ready, and we will be able to play at maximum level. If we do that, we can hope to have a chance for a good result. For sure, the game will be very interesting.”

Djordje Vucinic, player, Novi Beograd

“Brescia is a very tough opponent. They are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. The fact is that we won the first game at home, but we are expecting a hard battle. Brescia has quality players, most of them are national team players and because of that we have a huge respect for them. We will do our best to win this game in Italy, because that win will give us a chance to be first in Group B at the end of the group stage.”

Group A

Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Jadran Split (CRO)

Zuka Rurua, coach, Dinamo

“In the first game we looked very bad against Split, so now we will certainly try to show a much better game. Our last matches also prove that we can achieve success with such teams. It will be very important to neutralize their leading players.”

Saba Tkheshelashvili, player, Dinamo

“After this last two successful games in the Champions League we must maintain this level and continue winning streak against Jadran and do our maximum.”

Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v Waspo 98 Hannover (GER)

Karsten Seehafer, coach, Hannover

“A victory against Spandau in the German Cup is one thing, but our young players need the experience of games like this. I hope we are able to play on level with them, we will try our best.”

Marco Macan, player, Hannover

“Another chance to gain experience against a top team from Athens. We try to make the best possible impression, but our focus is definitely on the final of the German Championship.

NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Pro Recco (ITA)

Vladimir Vujasinovic, coach, Vouliagmeni

“There are still four games left in the group stage and we have to use every match to make some progress. It is a great honour for our club that we are in a situation to host and play with teams like Recco and I hope that we will play a great game.”

Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos, player, Vouliagmeni

“Our next game with Pro Recco is a great challenge for us to test ourselves against the back-to-back champion. We will face them without pressure, trying to perform at our best. We should start the game like we played the second half in Italy and hope to have a great match so that we and also the crowd will enjoy it.”

Sandro Sukno, coach, Pro Recco

“We face a team that is playing very well and is a revelation from our group. For us, all matches are starting to be decisive, the end of the season is coming, and we want to grow match by match. There are four games left and we want to win all four starting on Wednesday.”

VK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP)

Uros Stevanovic, coach, Radnicki

“We will try to do better than in our previous three games against Barceloneta in the last two years. We were not competitive in any moment of those games, and I hope we will correct that.”

Bogdan Gavrilovic, player, Radnicki

“After the unacceptable defeat in Georgia, another difficult game awaits us, with one of the best European teams. I hope that we will play a better game and give our fans the spectacle they deserve.”

Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta

“They are a young team with a good coach who played well against Olympiacos. They will surely be motivated because they are playing in their own pool. We must play as well as we can because the Final 8 is approaching. Every match is important.”

Unai Aguirre, goalkeeper, Barceloneta

“We will approach this game as if it is a key game in the season. It’s the last tough game we play away from home. It is obvious that this is not their best season in the competition, but we know that they have players with great quality, Cuk, Ukropina and one of the best centre-forwards in the world Vrlic. We go with maximum concentration and desire.”

Miguel De Toro, player, Barceloneta

“In my opinion, they are a tough team. They have a good centre, the best in the world, also good shooters. I think for the moment, half of Europe know that they are having problems with some players, but I think this only makes them more dangerous. We need to be so concentrated and play as we did in recent weeks.”