Ivan Matskevich: I want to thank Raul for the trust

Press-conference after the game HC Meshkov Brest – THW Kiel.

Filip Jicha (Kiel):

- I´m very disapointed. I want to congratulate Raul and Brest on their victory - they deserve it. We had a great match with Veszprem in the previous round and guaranteed first place in the group. But we came here after a difficult fight in Bilingen. It´s hard to play after 45 hours. We wanted to win, but failed. For many reasons. First of all, our attack efficiency was very low. Perhaps because the goalkeeper of Meshkov Brest had a fantastic match. And in general, the opponent looked great.

Steffen Weinhold (Kiel):

- Congratulations to Brest! Of course I´m upset. We hadn´t enough power in defense, made many mistakes. Another reason is poor effect in the attack. I note the fantastic game of goalkeeper of Meshkov Brest.

Raul Alonso (Meshkov Brest):

- I thank the opponent for the good words. We understood the situation in which “Kiel” found himself. When we played the first match in Germany, we were in a similar position - we entered the field after 46 hours and did not feel enough energy. As for tonight, we understood that not everything depended on Meshkov Brest in the fight for the playoffs. However, we focused on our match. We wanted to win, because we worked hard for a week. I am very happy for the team. The guys did a great job and earned two points. Separately, I will mention Ivan Matskevich, who made more than 20 saves. We had mistakes at the end of the game, nevertheless we won. Now we have to try to play just as well in a week against Porto. I wish Kiel good luck. The club is developing well and is doing a great job. Continue in the same spirit!

Ivan Matskevich (Meshkov Brest):

- I want to thank Raul for the trust, for putting at starting seven. It is always great to play at home with this fantastic stands. We gave all our strength and defeated one of the best teams in the world. However, we brought the situation to the point that it was not only our game that depended on the chances of reaching the playoffs. “Porto” defeated “Vardar” and these are negative emotions that spoil the mood a little. We will draw conclusions and try not to repeat this in the future.

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