SUMMARY: Kiel win MOTW; last season's finalists both start with defeat

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The Machineseeker EHF Champions League started into the 2023/24 season this week with four matches on both Wednesday and Thursday – including the Match of the Week in Croatia, where THW Kiel beat HC Zagreb 30:23.

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We deserved to win. We were there from the start, our defence stood really well, and I think Tomas Mrkva on goal was fantastic, that is why we win by seven goals.
Domagoj Duvnjak
THW Kiel centre back
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We opened very bad and very nervous and we missed about six, seven goals. Kiel are tough to come back against in the game, so I think the main problem was the first 15, 20 minutes and that's it.
Zvonimir Srna
HC Zagreb left back
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20230913 Fog Quote
Today Celje levelled up and they played well. They have an interesting team. I'm a little worried about our game, because we had trouble in the defence. We didn't have the timing, and we need to improve that if we want to play a role in this year's Champions League.
Ian Marko Fog
Coach, GOG
20230913 Ortega Quote
I thought we played a good solid match in defence. We have some new players, some young players, who need to grow and develop together individually and as a team. That can explain our lack of rhythm and the difference of playing times.
Carlos Ortega
Coach, Barça
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Aalborg played a very good game for 60 minutes. Niklas Landin made a difference, two, three times we had chances of coming to a draw. I am very angry with myself: when the team loses, the coach loses. This is my mistake. Maybe I could do something more. We have to take a lesson from this game.
Talant Dujshebaev
Coach, Industria Kielce
20230913 Kolstad Quote
It's a great experience to play here. Our first match in the competition was like we prepared it. We play great defence against the pivots of Eurofarm Pelister and our goalkeeper was great. With this defence I think we deserve the victory.
Stian Gomo Nielsen
Assistant coach, Kolstad Handball

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