Dani Varga dares to be optimistic before the BL playoffs

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 09:41

The second qualifying round was also pulled unbeaten by the OSC, Dani Varga said the defense was okay, his team could pull in the obligors as well, and mental development did not stop either.

OSC Újbuda met the expectations of its coach, which also won the second qualifying round of the Water Polo Champions League unbeaten, and thus made it to the playoffs. Dani Varga’s team could have won the group, but in the last two minutes of the first match he left Brescia back from a three-goal disadvantage, and thanks to the tie (or worse goal difference), the team came second and got a group first in the playoff draw, namely Szolnok.

We were very curious, Dani Varga is more than happy to advance or is annoyed that his team did not move forward in the first place. “If I prioritize the events of the weekend, only the 3-4. the last two minutes against Brescia are in place, ”the young head coach said.

For another reason, the match against Brescia was important

“Our main goal was to move on, and we managed to achieve that. Our second goal was to improve, and to weigh where we stand against BL teams, and we succeeded. Before the match, I forgot to tell the boys not to make up for the three-goal lead by the opponent in the last two minutes, ”Dani said with a laugh, referring to the hair of the match against Brescia.

“But when it comes to development, I have to note that not only Brescia but also Terrassa had a warm end to the match, and even the host French equalized in the fourth quarter. “However, we also defeated Terrassa and Noisy le Sec, meaning the boys reacted to what happened in the first match, and it was great to see that.”

As tasks get harder before the OSC, Dani makes sure he does a good job with his team. As we mentioned in our previous conversation, no one can surprise anyone in Újbuda this year, the field expects to have found a tough opponent with the OSC, which of course poses new challenges for the Hungarian club.

“This year, the external and internal expectations of my team are different, which not only means that our victory against a serious team is no longer a feat, but also that there are significantly more mandatory victories this year.“There were two of them in Paris, plus the stakes weren’t small, as we could have dropped out of the BL, but the team also responded well to the fact that it’s a completely different state of mind and we were able to win both.”

The former world class does not usually consider him lucky to single out someone by name, but this time he made an exception: “Marci Lévai gave us a defense that played an important role in getting us out of the tight match. We have scored 7-7 goals from both the Spaniards and the French, and even apart from the last two minutes from Brescia, so it can be said that our defense was okay. “

Once again a European duel with the Doge

The eight winners of the second group round were drawn on Monday night, and it turned out that the OSC will meet its Hungarian rival, Szolnok, in the playoffs. The people of Újbuda also had two finals against Dózsa last year, and although the people of Szolnok could be happy in the Eurocup and the Hungarian championship, the matches were close, and a lot has happened in Szolnok since then.

Viktor Nagy retired, and three Serbian world-class Radomir Drasovics, Filip Filipovics and Dusko Pijetlovics left Szolnok, and although promising players have arrived to replace them, it can be said with caution that the small difference seen last year has melted even further between the two teams.

Last year’s final (Photo: OSC Waterpolo)

“I reluctantly accepted the result of the draw. As I said before, there is no team that is clearly better than the OSC among the eight advancers, yet there is no one that would be an easy task to beat. Despite the changes, Szolnok is an excellent team, Hungarian championship and Eurocup defending champion, and even if many people see the many leavers as a problem, I say that the refurbishment of the locker room can even be good for the team led by a great specialist Zsivko Gocics. ”

“What are the chances before the duel? I dare to be optimistic, and I say maybe a hair’s breadth away we’re the odds, but I’m sure Master Gocics would answer the same if I asked. “And according to many, Szolnok would have weakened at all, because if only the paper form mattered, the OSC would not have played in the finals in the championship and the Eurocup last year either,” Dani declared.

The BL playoff matches will take place on October 16th and 20th, the winner will be on the main table (we already know he is not in the Fradi group as the highlighted auto participant) and the loser will continue in the quarter-finals of the Eurocup.


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