NEWS REPORT: Post-draw statements of clubs representatives after the draw of the EHF Cup Qualification Round 3.
Reactions after the EHF Cup draw
Statements of the clubs' representatives after the EHF Cup Qualification Round 3 draw:
Füchse Berlin/GER (vs. HC Meshkov Brest/BLR)
HC Meshkov Brest/BLR (vs. Füchse Berlin/GER)
Coach Pavel Bashkin: "For the second year in a row we were "lucky" to get the strongest possible opponent. Last season it was Göppingen, now we have another team from German bundesliga. The only positive thing is that we play the first match away. In any case - there is a chance. All will be decided on the handball court."
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf/GER (vs. Kadetten Schaffhausen/SUI)
Manager Benjamin Chatton: "We have to face a top opponent which has proved their strength in the VELUX EHF Champions League in the previous seasons. It will be anything but easy for us to proceed to the Group Phase."
Coach Leif Gautestad: “We are pretty content. If we had run into Füchse Berlin or Montpellier, we would have got a great experience, but probably not the chance to reach the group phase. Against this Slovakian team (HC Sporta Hlohovec) I think we have a fine chance to qualify for the group phase, although I expect two close matches.”
Coach Jan Pausen: “That was definitely no fortunate draw, and we are far from happy with it. Constanta have a really strong team, we are in for a long journey for the return match, and on top of this we are even going to start at home, so it really could not have been much worse.”
Coach Erik Veje Rasmussen: “I do not know a lot about this Macedonian team (HC Zomimak-M) but we could have got worse opponents. Personally, I feared an all-Danish meeting with Skjern, but with this draw I think we have and okay chance to qualify for the group phase which would be really big for us.”
Right back Kasper Søndergaard: “They are Serbian champions, so obviously we can expect a couple of difficult matches. Honestly, I do not really know them, but I expect us to go on. I have played in Serbia before, where we won relatively comfortably. However, the atmosphere was great, as it always is on Balkan, so I am looking forward to that again.”
Coach Ola Lindgren: “I expect a couple of tough matches against a physically strong team. I do not know all that much about then at present, so I will have to gather some information about them before being able to be more specific. At present, however, I think we will have a good chance to qualify for the group phase.”
Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau/ROU (vs. IFK Kristianstad/SWE)
Coach Eliodor Voica: "The game against Kristianstad is a difficult one. However, our chances are boosted by the fact that we play the decisive match at home. But Kristianstad are a very good team, which comes from a very good championship."
Coach Tomas Axner:“AEK Athens have several players with experience from the German Bundesliga, but I do not see this as an impossible task at all.”
Line player Szabolcs Zubai: “We could have got a stronger or also a weaker team as an opponent. Benfica is a good team and we have to perform very well in abroad. On home court we may not have any problems, we definitely have to win in front of our fantastic supporters.”
Csurgoi KK/HUN (vs. Besiktas JK/TUR)
Line player Szabolcs Szöllösi: “I think we are on a similar level, but we want to win of course. I have already checked the results of our opponent and also the squad list. There are some key players and we have to focus on them during the preparation.”
Montpellier Agglomeration HB/FRA (vs. HC Kaustik/RUS)
Coach Patrice Canayer: "I don't know much about Kaustik, but to have the return match home is an advantage for us. We'll have to be careful playing in Russia, these are always long trips, and they can make the players tired."
HBC Nantes/FRA (vs. Elverum Handball Herrer/NOR)
Coach Thierry Anti: "We have all our chances. We managed to avoid Szeged, Berlin and Hannover, which were the three teams we think are stronger than us. But this is a team who nearly made it to the Champions League, I think they only lost by a goal or two in Porto, so there clearly is a lot of quality in there. We'll have to take a clear advantage at home during the first game."
Chambery Savoie Handball/FRA (vs. Alpla HC Hard/AUT)
Goalkeeper Cyril Dumoulin: "Austrians play it like Germans, very physically, so we'll have to be aware it will be a tough battle for 120 minutes. Going to the group phase is one of our main goals this season, so we'll have to beat any team that comes our way anyway. We'll have to go to Austria with a real advantage in terms of goals gained at home, so we don't have any pressure. We'll have to make it easy on ourselves."
TEXT: EHF / br
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