SUMMARY: Eve of throw-off at TruckScout24 EHF FINAL4

SUMMARY: Eve of throw-off at TruckScout24 EHF FINAL4

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The time has come to decide the title of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League 2023/24 — this weekend, THW Kiel, Aalborg Håndbold, SC Magdeburg and Barça will battle for the trophy in LANXESS arena, Cologne with two action-packed days promised. The semi-finals take place on Saturday, and the finals will be held on Sunday.

On Thursday, the teams arrived in Cologne. On Friday, they took part in media calls and attended the opening party at LANXESS arena, as well as undergoing their last preparation for the semi-finals.  

LANXESS arena to host EHF FINAL4 until 2029

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When you play for Kiel, you want to win every game you play, so of course we want to win this weekend. The [EHF] FINAL4 is always a little bit special, different from the rest of the season, so we will forget the rest and just focus on the semi-final.
Eric Johansson
Left back, THW Kiel
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Just because we are there twice in a row does not make us favourites. Of course, we’re title holders, but that does not change much. Are we bigger favourites than the other three teams here? I don’t think so.
Magnus Saugstrup
Line player, SC Magdeburg
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When you are wearing the Barça jersey, you have to win it. It’s part of the contract, part of the deal. We know we don’t come to Cologne to finish third. But I think it’s been the same for years. It’s nothing new. Most of the players in my squad have been there for a few seasons now, so they are used to it and I guess it won’t be a problem for them this weekend.
Carlos Ortega
Head coach, Barça
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The conditions are completely different. There will be fans with us this time. We have tried it once, the [EHF] FINAL4. It was a great experience, but tomorrow will be completely different. We have a lot more experience within the team and also as a team, and we know what we have to do to win: Bring an amazing performance.
Stefan Madsen
Head coach, Aalborg Håndbold

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