SUMMARY: Ikast remains unbeaten; Györ and CSM take two points away from Buducnost and Sävehof
Both days of the EHF Champions League Women 2023/24 round 4 were full of excitement. FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria and CS Rapid Bucuresti ended the MOTW in a tie (24:24), while Bietigheim extended their winning streak. Ikast remains unbeaten after a 33:32 win against Krim, while Györ and CSM easily cruise past Buducnost and Sävehof.
In sports, one of the most dangerous things to do is underestimate your opponent! Every Champions League game has its pressure and needs to be treated very seriously. Even if from the outside it can look easy, these types of matches, no matter the opponent, can be very complicated and they need to make us give our best.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to the fans, who still came to support us, it means a lot to us. The team started to make mistakes in the second half, and the goalkeeper change in the opposition wasn’t good for us either. As I see it, we have definitely lost the game, we came for the two points.
It felt like a win for us, we didn’t start well but managed to play as planned and turn the match around in the second half of the game. It was difficult for us, as FTC is a very strong team and we have also had many injured players. I am happy with the result.
In the first three matches, we did not perform as well as the fans expect from us and we also expect from ourselves. We have to play much better in Saturday's game and get our first points in the Champions League. I think we can do this at home!
We know it's going to be a very tough game, like all the matches in this group. Against a very good team, who was in the EHF FINAL4 last year, practically with the same squad. Both teams have had difficult games and we need to win. We know it's going to be difficult to play there but we're going for those two points.
I’ve played in France for four seasons and know that Brest are an opponent with good quality. They have a very strong first line. We take the game seriously and want to prepare as much as possible as a team. Our coaches are working on the tactics that should work against Brest. On the field, it depends on us, the players, how we can implement these tactics in the game. I believe we will be fine.
I think it will be an exciting match. DVSC Schäffler are new in the EHF Champions League, and they will for sure bring a lot of spirit and energy into the game, but we must focus on us and to continue with the good shape that we are in. We will do everything to get the two points. In the EHF Champions League group phase, every point can be important.