Top teams in both groups face off in round 7
The Match of the Week in round 7 of the EHF Champions League Women 2023/24 heads to Ludwigsburg on Saturday, when the second-placed side in group A, SG BBM Bietigheim, face leaders Györi Audi ETO KC, the only unbeaten team in the competition.
In group B, Ikast Handbold host Team Esbjerg on Sunday in an all-Danish battle of the top-two sides, who are both on 10 points coming into the match.
Odense is a really strong team consisting of a lot of skilled players. We’ll do our very best to try to get them out of their rhythm on Saturday.
We want to push it really hard in the two games we have against Debrecen. They have shown good skills until now. They are using to the max their first season in the Champions League, and we are aware of their style of play. More than this we owe it to ourselves, the club and our fans to finish this part of the season with two victories.
A determining period for the future, for classification and qualification. A very important match. A team that we must leave behind us in the standings. The desire to play the best match possible and take two points.
It will be a special game for all of us against the five-time Champions League winners. Györ have a great team and have confirmed their role as favourites so far. We want to show that we are rightly in second place in the table and therefore have to put in a top performance.
I am sure we will certainly play a tough, difficult match against Bietigheim. The home court always gives an extra boost to an already strong line-up. Our task will be to play our own game at an even higher level.
We want to continue with the strong team spirit that we showed against Krim. Vipers have a very strong team with some of the best handball players and we have to respect them; they won the last three editions of the EHF Champions League.
We have been happy with our Champions League campaign so far and will do everything to get another win. After two defeats to Esbjerg within a week, we know very well that we must raise our level significantly in order to win the match.
We have played Ikast two times within the last week and a half, and it has resulted in two victories. That has given us a huge boost of confidence, but this is the first match against them in the Champions League, where they have been great. The respect for Ikast is still massive, as I think they underachieved in these first two matches. They have beaten great clubs this year, so we have to have respect for them.