SUMMARY: Plock join play-offs line-up; Magdeburg book direct quarter-final

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The group phase of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League 2023/24 concluded with round 14 this week. Group A played to a finish on Wednesday and group B did so on Thursday, highlighted by the MOTW between Telekom Veszprém HC and SC Magdeburg, which saw the German side book the last direct quarter-final ticket up for grabs. 

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We are very happy that we realised our dream from the beginning of the season and, in addition, finished the group phase with more points compared to last year. I sincerely thank my players for their work and belief in what they do. I would also like to thank the fans for the excellent atmosphere in the ORLEN Arena. Now comes the break, where we will recharge our batteries for the decisive phase of the season.
Xavi Sabate
Head coach, Orlen Wisla Plock
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It’s a great joy to win in Palau Blaugrana. I played against Barça quite a few times and it’s always extremely hard. This was great but it’s only the group phase. Now starts the toughest part of Champions League.
Valentin Porte
Right back, Montpellier HB
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Today we showed some resilience and character to win this game. It was a very important game for us, as we want to finish fourth. Congratulations to our guys for the important two points.
Thomas Brandt Nyegaard
Head coach, GOG
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We are very happy about the victory and reaching the quarter-finals. We played a match with a fantastic atmosphere. It is very difficult to take the two points away from Veszprém Arena, but we remained calm throughout the whole match. We did our job, and it paid off. Sergey Hernandez had a great performance in goal today. However, praise goes to the whole team, as everyone put themselves out there.
Gísli Kristjansson
Centre back, SC Magdeburg
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We can be happy to be third, particularly after the last two games. We started the game as we started these last two matches, but then we achieved to play our game and system. Szeged have good players, it was difficult.
Luc Steins
Centre back, Paris Saint-Germain Handball
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Before the group phase started, first place was a dream come true. I am therefore very proud of my boys, very proud of the performances they have shown so far in the Machineseeker EHF Champions League and the group win. But what makes me particularly proud today is that there were so many young fans in the arena.
Filip Jicha
Head coacg, THW Kiel

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