SUMMARY: Magdeburg, Zagreb, Montpellier bag first points; Kielce take MOTW
Four matches on Wednesday and four on Thursday were the ingredients for round 3 of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League 2023/24, highlighted by Industria Kielce beating Paris Saint-Germain Handball 30:29 in the MOTW in Poland.
Veszprém are one of the favourites, so it is a big win for us. We had many good individual moments today; it was first of all a very good day for the team. Of course it’s a very important victory for us. We are happy for our six points in the first three matches.
I have to be completely honest and say we didn't expect it to be this easy. We were well aware of how good their transition is, and once we managed to slow it down, and basically take their strongest weapon away from them, we gave ourselves a chance to win this one.
I have never experienced such a feeling in my coaching career before. We worked a lot to progress mentally and physically, to step forward from the loser role and leave the field as winners. It is a fantastic feeling that we succeeded. The guys played with a big heart, and the spectators created a sensational atmosphere.
For sure it was a great game against Paris, they are also a very complete, very good team. We are so happy because this was an important game for us ... we proved that we are a very big team, that we can do everything, that we can win without a lot of players.
Unfortunately we couldn't manage to win. We knew it is tough, it is really hard to win here, but we were trying to do our best and we were not that far away. But a loss is a loss. For them it was important to win tonight, but for us also. That is why I am sad, because we couldn't do it.