T. Dujshebaev: The players gave me a wonderful gift.
PGE VIVE Kielce is the fourth team in Europe! Only three teams are better than us, the mighty Barça Lassa, the brave Telekom Veszprém and the unpredictable Vardar Skopje. After a very difficult, exhausting match with Xavier Pascual's Catalans we lost 35:40 today. But it doesn't matter. For as many as nine players it was the first time in Cologne. "This is a great experience for us and it will pay off next season!” - said the happy Talant Dujshebaev after the match.
Talant Dujshebaev, coach of PGE VIVE Kielce: Congratulations to the team from Barcelona, they won the bronze medal, they were playing very well. It's my birthday today and I'm very happy that I could spend it here. For me this is really great that we're in Cologne. This tournament is fantastically organized, everything is amazing here. EHF - thank you for organizing such a great event. This is a real show. My players gave me a beautiful gift by qualifying here. I had planned a day in Paris with my wife, but I'm very happy that I'm in Cologne instead (laughs). I have to thank my players for the entire season. We've had a lot of health problems throughout the year, there are a lot of very young players in the team, for nine of them it was the first time in the Final Four. In my opinion this is a great experience for us and it will pay off next season.
Marko Mamić, playmaker of PGE VIVE Kielce: Barça had an excellent, fast centre today, and we weren’t returning to defense quickly enough and it made a difference. When we played six against six today, our defense looked really good. The problems started when they began to counterattack. You always want to win, it's difficult to say something now after the game. We all wanted to win here, but it wasn't an obligation.
Filip Ivić, goalkeeper of PGE VIVE Kielce: Congratulations to my team, who were fighting from the first until the last minute. I'm not in the best shape, but I was doing my best, the game was very tough. We have to be proud, many of us played in the Final4 for the first time. Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world, they are fast and tough. In my opinion we made a good result anyway. I would like to thank everyone - my teammates, coaches, fans, sponsors - this was my last game. I wish we had a medal, but Paris or Szeged also wanted to be here and it was us who did it. Kielce will always be in my heart.
Vladimir Cupara, goalkeeper of PGE VIVE Kielce: We had a great second half, but Barcelona was better today. That's a pity. The referees were not helping us, I guess. But that's life, we have to move on. Thank you to everyone, especially the fans! I would like to wish everyone in Kielce all the best!
Arkadiusz Moryto, winger of PGE VIVE Kielce: Our rivals deserved to win, so congratulations to them. We had our chances, but they were playing very fast. We didn't play well enough in defense, we lost 40 goals, and that's way too many. Congratulations to the Kielce team, they have been playing very well throughout the season and that is why they are in Cologne.
Xavier Pascual, coach of Barça Lassa: I'm proud of my team. For us it was the most difficult match of the season. After losing the semi-final, you have to go out on the court and play again, which is incredibly difficult. You have to play a match and win it, because if you don't, you're left with nothing.
Victor Tomas, winger of Barça Lassa: Every team wants to play in the final, the third place match is difficult both mentally and physically, but of course I understand that from the perspective of the show it has to take place. After what happened on Saturday, after our defeat we wanted to show our respect for the fans. We played for them - because they have been supporting us all the time. They spent a lot of money to come to Cologne and be with us, so we owed it to them. Thank you to all the fans and I'm sorry we couldn't do more. But this is sport and such things happen sometimes.