The handball players of Celja Pivovarna Laško are waiting for their first home match in the Champions League on Wednesday. Porto will host in Zlatorog Hall.
Celje had a very bad start to the new season of the NLB League. In the derby of the opening round, they lost against Trim from Trebnje with 25:29, but then they only drew in Ivančna Gorrica (33:33).
At today’s press conference, coach Alem Toskić and captain Žiga Mlakar presented the expectations before the middle match.
“Porto, the champion of Portugal, is coming to Celje. It is a very good team with experienced players. It has been playing together for quite a few years, and to a greater extent it is made up with the Portuguese national team. She scored a victory in the opening round and indicated that she has big ambitions at the moment. If an opportunity for success presents itself, we must take advantage of it,” coach Alem Toskić said before the clash with Porto, who beat Wisla 24:23 in the opening round of this year’s Champions League.
Mlakar: We have already prepared many surprises in the Zlatorog hall“It is a very good team, and it is up to us to prepare for it as well as possible. In the past, we have prepared many surprises in the Zlatorog hall, played many good matches, and with this mentality we must go into the middle match against the Portuguese champion. We will be happy for the loud support of our fans, which always means a lot to us“, emphasized Žiga Mlakar.
The team from Celje visited Denmark in the opening round, where Gudme was better with 38:36. The Brewers played a good game. “I invite all supporters of Celje Pivovarna Laško to support us in large numbers. A young team needs support. I promise that we will fight to the best of our ability from the first to the last second of the match,” Toskić added.
Group B, 2nd round, Wednesday at 18:45: CELJE BREWERY LAŠKO – PORTO
WISLA PLOCK – GOG GUDME
Thursday: VESZPREM – MONTPELLIER
BARCELONA – MAGDEBURG
The order: Veszprem, Barcelona, Gudme and Porto 2 each, Wisla, Celje PL, Magdeburg and Montpellier 0 points.