NEXE will on Tuesday (19.00 CET) in Nasice host Metalurg in a match which will be the last one in the regular part of the season for both teams and which will by that directly determine who will finish on sixth position. NEXE's chance of reaching that place is a win over Metalurg, as they are now two points behind the team from Skopje, and Izvidjac' win at home against Gorenje. Metalurg, on the other side, need at least a point to end up placed behind the top 5. Matches between these two opponents are always tough and narrow - the latest proof is their premier match of the season in Skopje which finished with a 25:25 draw.
Horvat, NEXE coach:
Of course we are interested in reaching sixth position and Metalurg are our direct rivals. They are a very tough and compact team so we must keep the focus high throughout all 60 minutes. Ante Gadza will not be available for this one as he tore his ACL in our last match and I hope he'll be back on track as soon as possible. I hope fans will come and support us making a good atmosphere like they did in our previous encounters.
Sakic, NEXE player:
I am sure it will be a very good match. We've already played them in Skopje and our rosters remained pretty much the same since then. I believe in this team and in our fans.
Cervar, Metalurg coach:
This will be our last SEHA Gazprom regular season match this season. NEXE are an excellent team, multiple Croatian vice-champions and we'll play them on their court. It is always hard to face them and I expect this match to be no different - interesting and uncertain.
Obradovic, Metalurg player:
There are no favorites in this match so I expect an interesting and uncertain match in which we're hoping to reach victory. However, there will be not win burden on our shoulders in this one.