Aalborg upset Kielce on Hansen return; Barça ease past Montpellier
The Machineseeker EHF Champions League 2023/24 season threw off Wednesday with the first four matches of round 1. Last season's runners-up Industria Kielce came up short against Aalborg Håndbold, while record champions Barça, debutants Kolstad Handball, and GOG got their campaigns off to a winning start. The remaining four matches are scheduled for Thursday.
We played with a lot of concentration, great defence and Bergerud in great form. It was the pleasure playing in this handball atmosphere.
Aalborg played a very good game during 60 minutes. Niklas Landin made the difference. Two, three times we had chances to get level. I am very angry with me – when team loses, the coach loses. This is my mistake, maybe I could do something more. We have to take a lesson from this game.
Celje have an interesting team. I am 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.
We are happy with our victory, I know from personal experience that it is difficult to win here. We were solid in defence, and we were able to counter the different ways Montpellier played in both attack and defence.