“We must not think about it. The only important thing is to have those elements that will let us win the next match,” stated the head coach after the team’s open practice on Friday.
Zsolt Varga said that the team is over the first section of their intensive training that included some physical session both in the water and on ground. This past week was the time when they changed to some tactical works.
“I wouldn’t say we are completely ready. That is why we need these matches to see where we stand at,” he added.
FTC’s opponents include Waspo Hannover 98, OSC Újbuda, HAVK Mladost, Pro Recco, CN Terrassa, Marseille and Dinamo Tbilisi in Group B. Varga mentioned that this group is easier than the other and than last year’s, but it is still a massive, competitive group.
World Champion Márton Vámos said that they are still in the beginning of the road; they will improve a lot for sure, but the new members are well-integrated into the team. He added that one of the most difficult Champions League games will be against Waspo Hannover on home grounds in Budapest because the German team has strengthened with some players from Montenegro and Croatia.
“Achieving last year’s result is a realistic goal this year as well, but it will be difficult. In fact, we are defending champions, there will be a greater pressure on us because everybody will want to beat us. We need to grow up to that,” he finished.