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Rutenka: ‘’Everything is possible against Veszprem!’’

Telekom Veszprem - Meshkov Brest

After the national team weekend it’s again time for SEHA Gazprom action and is there a better way to get back into the regional competition than with a duel between last season’s semi-finalists - Meshkov Brest and Telekom Veszprem in Hungary. Match is scheduled for Tuesday, 19.00 CET and is set to be an interesting piece with guests looking to get back on winning track after a few defeats in a row. Telekom Veszprem on the other side needs a solid performance in order to gain vital self-confidence ahead of upcoming CL challenges and take some pressure of coach Xavi Sabate’s back after a rough last week.

Reigning champions are 5-1 so far this season and Belarusian side has two more points but with two more matches played. Goal for both teams is Final Four tournament and then of course title chase.  

By all this, we’re also celebrating the first anniversary of our #be8player campaign dedicated to fans and on each team’s first upcoming home match there will be a surprise for everyone. Fans are also invited to join our giveaway and win multiple prizes with a chance of winning an ‘all inclusive SEHA Final 4 weekend package’ so stay tuned!

Xavi Sabate, Telekom Veszprem coach:
Meshkov Brest are a very good team. They have already proved this more than once throughout this season. It’s always a tough game against them. We did not have much time to prepare due to international break but neither did they and it’s up to see whose players are in better form after it. We want to win tomorrow and I hope we’ll achieve it with a help of our fans who will surely take part in ‘be8player’ campaign and show how great they are. They really are our additional eighth player here in Veszprem Arena. 

Cristian Ugalde, Telekom Veszprem left winger:
Brest are a good team both in SEHA League and Champions League. They are doing great in both of these competitions so far this season. We did not have much time to prepare for the match after the international break but we’ll do our best. We still remember last season’s final and how good match it was and there is a big chance we’ll meet them there once again. We want to win tomorrow in front of our fans. I am sure they will join SEHA League’s ‘be8player’ campaign once again and show that they are really the best.

Sergey Bebeshko, Meshkov Brest coach:
Many of our players were involved playing for their national teams during this week-long break and we’re playing in Hungary right after it which is never easy. This is a top team which plays modern handball. They have excellent defense and goalies. By all this they are surely well motivated after some losses in both Cl and national championship but we’re ready to fight as well. In our last match against them we’ve seen that we have some advantages playing against them and hopefully we’ll use them on Tuesday. 

Dzianis Rutenka, Meshkov Brest right winger:
We completely understand that Veszprem are extremely strong. They are one of Europe’s best clubs. In addition to that they have a huge support of their crowd. But we remember game last season’s final from Varazdin where we’ve lost the match after 7-meter shootout. We’ve managed to play a competitive match against them in Brest recently too so I believe everything is possible.

 

 

14.02.Vojvodina:Gorenje Vel.27:39
14.02.Dinamo Pančevo:Tatran Presov26:26
13.02.Vardar:Celje PL35:27
13.02.PPD Zagreb:Metalurg Skopje30:28
13.02.Nexe:Meshkov Brest19:29
11.02.Dinamo Pančevo:Meshkov Brest26:33
Next fixtures
27.02.Meshkov Brest:Vojvodina18:00h
27.02.Gorenje Vel.:Metalurg Skopje17:45h
27.02.PPD Zagreb:Vardar20:30h
28.02.Tatran Presov:Nexe18:00h
28.02.Celje PL:Dinamo Pančevo19:45h
06.03.PPD Zagreb:Gorenje Vel.
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