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The Drevi handball team from Celje host their rivals from Nantes



The Drevi handball team from Celje host their rivals from Nantes

The handball players of Celje Pivovarna Laško have a match of the 4th round in the group stage of the Champions League. At 6:45 p.m., Nantes, currently the leading team in the strong French championship, will host in Zlatorog. Will the Brewers get their second win of the season?

In the opening three games, Celje beat their rivals from Kiel and lost to Barcelona and Aalborg. The French team, where a Slovenian representative also plays Rok Ovinčekis currently the leader in domestic championship. He is appearing in the strongest European club competition for the fifth time, in in 2018 and 2021, the French club also made it to the final tournament of the Champions League in Cologne.

Strongly reinforced Nantes line-up

They are in the summer transfer window in Nantes came Spaniard Jorge Maqueda and Kaulds OdriozolIcelander Viktor HallgrimssonIvan Pešić from Croatia and Jeremy from France Toto. The captain of the team is the left wing Valero Rivera, and he has the reins of the game in Roch extremely promising middle outsider Aymeric Minnaalso Nantes’ top scorer with nineteen goals in this Champions League season.

“These are extremely high-quality competitors, which is also confirmed by their ranking in French elite competition. Before the start of the season, they also won the home game super cup laurels after the victory over PSG. They play very well, in They have won two and lost one in the Champions League so far. They are characterized by very aggressive and physical handball, so they will have to fight to the maximum again and give their all.” said the Serbian coach on the Celje bench in the introduction before the middle match Alem Toskic.

The third confrontation in Champions League

It’s Nantes in already beat PSG and Kiel this season and is coming in Slovenia with a streak of five victories, in and in the French championship, after four rounds, he does not know defeat. The only failure so far Nantes experienced away from home Kielce (33:40). Celje faced off against Nantes in season 2020/21, when they both celebrated at each other’s house in guests: in Styria it was 25:31 for the visitors, and in the west of France it was 28:30 for the Slovenian champions.


GROUP B, 4th round



The order: Barcelona 6, Kiel, Aalborg, Nantes and Kielce after 4, Celje 2, Szeged and Elverum no points.

Source: Rtvslo

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