“We know it will be tough against Magdeburg”

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“We know it will be tough against Magdeburg”

June 16, 2023

by Sascha Staat


Ahead of the EHF Champions League first semifinal, on Saturday, line player, Ludovic Fabregas, appreciates the strengths of SC Magdeburg and explains why Barcelona will enter the final round of handball as favorites, once again.

On being a regular in Cologne:

“It’s different because now it’s another season. Our team has changed before this FINAL4 and we are happy
just to be here, once again. Sure, the goal is to win, but we know it will be tough against Magdeburg in
the semifinal.”

On being the odds-on favorites once again:

“I don’t know – maybe we are the favorites to win the Champions League because we lost only one point
this season, in Kiel.  After this match we won all remaining games. But, Magdeburg is a very, very tough
opponent for us.  We lost twice against them in the Super Globe. So maybe it’s more like 50:50, at least in
my opinion.”

On the strength of Magdeburg:

“Magdeburg is a very good team. I think we know the key players, but all of them play
very well together. The coach is doing a great job. Last year they won the Bundesliga.
This season they finished second and now they are competing in their first FINAL4.  Magdeburg is a very strong
team with a long history and they will try everything to win, especially on home soil.”

On Barcelona’s impressive defense:

“I think in defense we have a lot of rocks – so I’m quite confident. Yet, Kay Smits has been playing very well
ever since Magnuson got injured. Kristjansson is also very good one-on- one. Maybe he’s one of the
best players in the world. Weber is an excellent player and so is Damgaard.  I think we have create a big wall in central defense if we want to win this game.”

On Barcelona’s tactical options to stop Gisli Kristijansson:

“As Kristjansson is so good between 6 and 9 meters it may be better to defend against
him a bit higher. We can adjust if we run into problems with him or other players.”

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