Summary: Barça triumph in pulsating MOTW highlights entertaining round
Round 9 of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League 2023/24 this week was highlighted by a thrilling MOTW in group B where Barça defeated Telekom Veszprém HC by a single goal (31:30), while THW Kiel remained top of group A with another win over Paris Saint-Germain Handball (26:24).
I am very happy to have won against such a talented team and such a coaching legend. We are delighted to have picked up two more points in the group after a tough game.
It was a great, great Champions League evening in a great atmosphere. We had a strong mentality and stood together as a team. Everyone fought for everyone else and that's why we won. Now I'm just happy.
We hoped for a better ending. Unfortunately, Gonzalo made a lot of saves in the end, maybe three in row in the clutch time, two against me... We fought like crazy, the arena was amazing. They have been better during the last five, six, seven, eight minutes, so congrats to them. We expected better today, but it didn't happen. But it's OK, it's not the end of the season.
Today was a game with two of the best teams of the world. It was an amazing match in an incredible atmosphere. We had a lot more intensity in defence, the goalkeeper was amazing, and in attack we played well, we didn't make a lot of faults.
It is always easy to win a handball match when you have a good defence and a goalkeeper. We are satisfied with the match.
If we could erase the first half I would be happy. Their goalkeeper today was amazing. It was harder to come back, but I think it was a good response in the second half.
We knew it would be tough, Kolstad has played a lot of good games recently against some of the best teams in Europe. We started very well, and just continued, so, really happy.
We were ready for everything they had in the tank, and it's a pity we failed to open the gap earlier. In the end it was a five-goal difference but these two points are what matters the most.
We knew it will be difficult but we played a really good match. Mirko (Alilovic) also had some big saves in the end for us. This is a huge win for us, we are alive. We will fight now to get out of the group stage, to get sixth place.