One of Maribor´s key players talk to eurohandball.com before their next obstacle on the road to Nantes
We alone decide our fate, Razgor says
The month of March was not particularly kind to Slovenian male teams in European cups. The worst case scenario sees the country on the sunny side of the Alps without a single club still in contention. The team with the best starting-point is — curiously — Maribor Branik who will try to retain their No. 1 position in Group C of the EHF Cup. The last hurdle before the end of the group phase is awaiting them in Norway in the form of Elverum Handball.
One of those who will attempt to overcome this last obstacle is Simon Razgor, the 27-year old left wing and with 52 goals one of the "Violets" most prolific scorers in this campaign.
Simon Razgor: I am getting more and more used to this town. I have been playing here for the last six seasons. Even though I have started my career in Celje, I have grown and made my name here. I am grateful to the club for this opportunity.
Simon Razgor: We have to retain pole position in the group to avoid any unpleasant surprises. I think we are capable of doing that and we will of course gun for another victory in Norway. We alone decide our fate. That said, I wish the rest of our teams all the best.
eurohandball.com: Are there any injury worries in your team?
Simon Razgor: Not really. As usual there are a few knocks and bruises but nothing drastic.
Simon Razgor: Our opponents are a typical Scandinavian outfit. They have some good players. Line players Gullerud and the Dutchman Sluijters come to mind. We certainly do not think that this will be an easy encounter. They are a different team when they play at home, they are much more solid. Holsterbro and Wisła can attest to that.
Simon Razgor: First thing's first - we have a match to win in Norway. But in any case the next round will be extremely tough. There are a lot of German and Danish teams lurking around the corner.
Of course. In the past we were able to overcome Celje, Koper, Gorenje even, so we have what it takes. On the right day, anything is possible.
Photo: Boštjan Selinšek
TEXT: Grega Sever / br
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