«feb 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627281234
567891011
«mar 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627281234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
«apr 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456
«may 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
«jun 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«jul 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«aug 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789
«sep 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
1234567
«oct 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
567891011
«nov 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293012
3456789
«dec 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
262728293012
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31123456
«jan 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
31123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanBelgiumBosnia HerzegovinaBelarusBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkSpainEstoniaFaroe IslandsFinlandFranceGreat BritainGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandIsraelItalyKosovoLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMoldovaFYR MacedoniaMaltaMontenegroMonacoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSloveniaSerbiaSwitzerlandSlovakiaSwedenTurkeyUkraine
 
EnglandScotland
Other EHF Sites 

04.05.2017, 09:20
Quick-fire round: Who will raise the trophy?
«Go back »Print Version


PASS THE BALL: Five journalists, five different views on which team will lift the TIPPMIX EHF FINAL4 trophy in Budapest.
 

Quick-fire round: Who will raise the trophy?

With only two days remaining before the TIPPMIX EHF FINAL4 throws off, ehfFINAL4.com asked what our senior European correspondents think of the four teams’ chances of winning the Women’s EHF Champions League.

Scandinavian journalist Peter Bruun provided an opening statement then ‘passed the ball’ to Nemanja Savic for a reaction, and so on and so on. The result is a thread of opinions that could hardly be more different from each other.

Peter Bruun, Frederikshavn:

PeterBruun_150Györ will win it this year. The signing of Nora Mørk has strengthened them decisively on the right back, which – with all respect to Linn Jorum Sulland – was their weakest position last year.

Furthermore, the way I see it, they have the deepest squad of the four participants. Last year, they had to integrate several new players during the season. This year, they have only had to integrate Mørk, and that has not been a problem at all.

Vardar might be a contender with Alexandra Lacrabere as playmaker. She adds a new dimension to Vardar’s attack, and she makes Andrea Penezic better. However, she will probably not be playing the playmaker position once Andrea Lekic is back at full strength.

Ruling champions CSM do not have the advantage of the surprise any more. The other teams know them by now and have been warned. Furthermore, CSM do not have the tactical genius Kim Rasmussen as coach anymore.  

Regarding Buducnost, I agree with Cristina Neagu, as she recently told me: “We are only number four among those four participants!” The Montenegrin powerhouse have been too inconsistent this season to really make me believe in their chances.

Nemanja Savic, Belgrade:

I've said it before, and I repeat – never underestimate Buducnost. The Montenegrin champions are no strangers to the understatement, as much as they are no strangers to rising to the occasion.

However, last year, outsiders CSM taught us to drop the old-fashioned logic and expect the unexpected. But what makes a team achieve the unexpected? Where do they get that extra incentive?

If anything, Dragan Adzic has taught this team to channel emotion into inspired performances – I firmly believe the last hurrah of Buducnost's golden generation will be the igniting spark for Katarina Bulatovic, Neagu, Dragana Cvijic and co. to perform above all expectations and complete their legacy.
 
Adrian Costeiu, Bucharest:

AdrianCosteiu_150 CSM are still the title holders, and the sheer amount of experience and grit this team have is one of the most important advantages one could get at the business end of such an important competition.

There is no Kim Rasmussen with the team, but CSM's ‘no risk, no reward’ policy has worked wonders yet again, as Per Johansson rejuvenated the Romanian side.

Sure enough, CSM will not take Budapest by storm like they did last May and this will play into the narrative, with all teams having their chance to win the title. Their opponents will know that Isabelle Gullden is CSM’s biggest strength, but the Romanian side’s defence is better and Paula Ungureanu is starting to hit her peak form at the right time.
 
Bence Martha, Budapest:

BenceMartha_150There were three important aspects of CSM's victory last year, of which only one will be at Johansson's disposal in 2017. Bella Gullden, who may not be the world's best player as some argue but without a doubt the most intelligent, is a weapon of mass destruction and Johansson will not hesitate to unleash the beast. But the other two factors, on which CSM relied heavily in 2016, will not be present.  

First of all, Kim Rasmussen is not only absent from the title holders but as Hungarian national team coach and professional advisor to the Hungarian federation, he is going to work against his former side – and may God have mercy on those the Danish mastermind works against!

Furthermore, the element of surprise, the fact that CSM could play free of pressure as underdogs, will by no means help the defending champion anymore. Is it finally Vardar’s year? I believe so.
 

AminaIdrizi_150Amina Idrizi, Skopje:

You mention Vardar, Bence, and I believe that the first association for this team is the four coach changes this season. Were these really necessary? Probably not…

Maybe this is the reason this team showed two different faces throughout the season. In several matches they demonstrated superiority, and then suddenly you see a completely different team on the court.

But beside the vulnerable performance, I do believe that Vardar have the strength to go a step further this year – though only if the players manage to overcome the ‘ego’ problem and try to function as a team, helping each other on the court.


TEXT: Peter Bruun / Nemanja Savic / Bence Martha/ Adrian Costeiu / Amina Idrizi / cg
 
Share
CONTACT FORM