The question is whether the hand shakes in scratchy situations

Monday, August 29, 2022, 10:20 a.m

According to Krisztián Manhercz, the young polo team has talent and playing skills, it may be questionable how the youngsters decide under serious pressure.

Success or death. This may be a bit extreme, but we didn’t invent it, but Krisztián Manhercz put it this way when we were wondering before the start of the European Water Polo Championship how much pressure the failure of the home World Cup puts on the men’s polo team. It sounded exactly like this:

“A Hungarian water polo team is expected to reach the top four in every competition, or at least die trying.”

Fortunately, not everyone is so strict with the team, especially because there are significant differences between the team seen on Margitsziget and the team preparing for the European Championship. The OSC captain didn’t want to comment on our opinion that if the tournament wasn’t in Budapest, then we should have gone to the World Cup with a similar team, he just said: “the selection is always the captain’s decision, as he is also responsible. “

But how young will the team be?

We will travel to Split without the heavyweight classics of international water polo, Dénes Varga and Balázs Hárai will sit out the tournament, and Márton Vámos will be absent due to eye surgery. Captain Zsolt Varga is therefore partly forced to build a new team, but at the same time we cannot forget that the generational change seems to be a very necessary step.

“The average age of the team is twenty-four years, so it is not that we are going to the European Championships with teenagers. There is also no question that in terms of the team’s playing power, it is made up of extremely strong, great players, and I am sure that, in terms of qualities, we can very legitimately hope to achieve our goals.”

“At the same time, it is a fact that this young team has never played together in this composition, and we cannot deny that many players still lack the international routine.”The question is whether the hand will shake in a decisive situation, in the case of a tie, and we will only get an answer to that when this moment comes. This cannot be modeled in training” Manhercz explained.

“We did five weeks of preparation, we prepared with a lot of physical work, and we already know Zsolt Varga’s ideas. Of course, there is no question of fundamentally changing the game of the national team, but there will be new things at the European Championship. Now it’s just a question of timing, but I’m sure when the moment comes we’ll all be ready.”

Need to win the group?

The Hungarian national team was drawn into a group with two formidable opponents, Slovenia and Israel, as well as the always dangerous Serbia. The winner of the group only enters the pool in the quarter-finals, while the runner-up must also play in the round of 16, and – based on the women’s national team’s participation in the World Cup – we had to ask the star of OSC whether it is necessary to win the group, or perhaps even better if the young team can grind together in another stakes match in the round of 16.

“My answer to such questions is always the same: the Hungarian water polo team has to win every match, but at least it has to jump into the pool with this goal in mind.”Just think the confidence and belief it would give this young team if they could beat Serbia. The momentum of such a success can carry us for a very long time!”

“We have to win against Israel and Slovenia, and there can be no question of our progress. In the direct elimination stage, however, there is no longer a mandatory victory, the field is so balanced that it is enough to play with inadequate concentration once, and the problem is already over.”

“It’s difficult to establish a starting order, the top team is unpredictable, and we might not be the only team experimenting with their squad. It is quite certain that if we want to achieve a good result, we have to give it our all. At least 7-8 teams have the same goal at the European Championship as us, the 13 players who get into the water must take responsibility, otherwise we will not be able to fulfill our goal”, concluded the OSC classic.

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