Barça win MOTW thriller, Kiel on top again
THW Kiel and Barça will enter the last round of the EHF Machineseeker Champions League in 2023 on top of their groups. Both former winners took close wins in the top duels on Thursday, as Kiel beat PSG and Barça won a MOTW thriller against Veszprém. Defending champions Magdeburg extended their winning streak to seven matches, Kielce had no problems in taking both points against Eurofarm Pelister.
We had our chances in the second half, but ultimately paid for the start. Once you go behind in front of this crowd, it's difficult to come back. We're disappointed, but the season goes on.
I said to my players at half-time that it was actually a draw. Samir had already made 14 saves. Without those saves we wouldn't have led by five. Then Paris fought back and I'm very proud of what we did in crunch time.
I am happy and proud of my players. Especially on offence we scored many goals. We are happy about this element because in previous games it was our weak foot.
It was impossible to win today against one of the best team in Europe with many players who played perfect today. In the last 24 hours we also lost two important players. If we had those two players we could fight more.
First of all, I would like to thank the fans for the welcome I received. It was a fantastic feeling. Veszprém is the best scoring team in the CL and they score 40 goals in almost every game. We were able to prevent that, which was crucial and we scored two important points.
In the first half we were a bit more nervous than necessary, but the second half was better. Unfortunately, we had many missed shots. Rodrigo Corrales made fantastic saves today. If you had seen the condition, he was in a few days ago due to his back injury. I am proud of him for helping us today.
They were dominant for 60 minutes and were the deserved winners in the end. I was pleased with my team's performance and it was a pleasure to play against a club with such a great history.“
I am very happy to have won against such a talented team and such a coaching legend. We're delighted to have picked up two more points in the group after a tough game.