Only 46 hours after a great victory against Metalurg, NEXE's handball players will face another team from Skopje. On Saturday (17.00 CET) NEXE will host Vardar which is currently placed third on SEHA GSS league's table in Gradski vrt hall. Vardar lost last match in the league to Vojvodina which might cause them problems in qualifying for Final Four so they are coming to Slavonia for some kind of redemption. Important question is whether players from Nasice can play two tough matches in less than 2 days?
Albin Eter, NEXE's player:
- I hope we can do it. We were preparing all the time for these two hard matches so I believe we can play even better than against Metalurg.
Zdenko Kordi, NEXE's coach:
- These are two teams with different philosophies. Maybe Vardar has got more players in roster than Metalurg. They have new coach from Spain, so it will be very interesting what changes he will bring to club. Victory against another top level rival would be great for the team, players and the whole club.
Raul Gonzales, Vardar's coach:
- I hope that the break had a positive influence on the players and we will approach the match against NEXE more serious. I expect a victory there, although we know they play great at home. I am satisfied with the return of Alex Dujsebaev because now we have more options in attack.
Vladimir Petric, Vardar's player:
- NEXE plays excellent at home, but we play for Vardar and we always play to win. The quality is on our side, we secured placement in EHF CL's Last 16 and teams like NEXE shouldn't be able to block us from qualifying to SEHA GSS league's Final Four. We have to approach this match more serious and not under-estimate the opponent, because we've all seen what has happened against Vojvodina. I must say that I am really satisfied with the working manner of the new coach. Raul is a man with a special handball philosophy which I really respect. I expect the victory over NEXE would return the self-confidence among the players, because we already have 2 defeats in a row. We have 4 more matches until the end and I hope we will gain 4 victories.