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Champions League Final Eight – LEN Opening Press Conference Highlights

What the coaches had to say before the Final Eight tournament

LEN Champions League Final 2018
Press conference
Palazzo Regione piazza De Ferrari
Genova Italy
Photo © G.Scala/Deepbluemedia/inside

Theodoros Vlachos, head coach, Olympiacos (GRE)“I’m basically happy with my team in this season but I think we will need an even better performance in the next three days. We played well so far, I think we are ready for this tournament but we are to take only one step at one time so we are focusing only for the game against Spandau.”

Chus Martin, head coach, Barceloneta (ESP)

“The first game is the most important one from some aspects so we are really excited to play with Eger which is a really great team. The team is ready, all our players are in good shape, we don’t have any problems and our plan is in place to beat our Hungarian rival.”

Norbert Dabrowski, head coach, Eger (HUN)

“We made the semi-finals last year and we want to repeat this once again. Barceloneta is a fantastic team, they had some great games this season. It’s no secret that half of our team is about to leave and I hope that this last occasion, when we are together, will mean an extra motivation for our players.”

Vjekoslav Kobescak, head coach, Jug (CRO)

“This season brought us ups and downs but that was somewhat expected as five quality players left our team. In fact, before the season we did not even expect to be here but we managed to reach a level which allowed us to qualify for the finals once more. However, we’ve already made our target, won three trophies at home and made the Final Eight – whatever comes after this, is a great present for us. One thing is for sure: these players are really exhausted as most of them had to play more games then ever before, more Champions League matches, more national team matches.”

Zoltan Kosz, assistant coach, Szolnok (HUN)

“After losing two players like Marton Vamos and Denes Varga in the summer, we knew that this season would not be the same as the previous one had been. However, the first part was really successful so it seemed we could go on like in the previous years, but later our level dropped and we started losing important games. Still, we could bounce back a bit, but as Vjekoslav mentioned, this season was really hard, too many games the players had, so they couldn’t work enough to be in a good shape for a longer period. We lost the home finals which wasn’t the best thing happened to us, but we had ten days to recover and to get ready for this tournament.”

Vladimir Vujasinovic, head coach, Recco (ITA)

“Though everyone expects us to win this tournament but this is sport so any team can come first here. Of course, we want to go all the way but there are other teams as well. And this first game against Brescia is a really hard one.”

Alessandro Bovo, head coach, Brescia (ITA)

“Tomorrow we will play with the best team in the world. We met four times in this season and they beat us every time. Still, we try do our best, during one game anything can happen.”

Stefano Tempesti, captain, Recco (ITA)

“Though we could beat Brescia four times but we approach every occasion as the first one, without thinking of the previous one. This can be the only way to prepare for this game. Of course, we want to win the trophy but we need to give our best to achieve this.”