Handball Bundesliga: “Give everything”: Magdeburg wants to win the Champions League

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Written By Maya Cantina

The championship party on Sunday is almost over and we are looking forward to it: after the triple of Super Globe, DHB Cup and German Championship, SC Magdeburg can win the next title next weekend in Cologne. Then it goes on to the Final Four Champions League to defend the title. In the semi-finals, the handball professionals from Magdeburg meet the Danish top club Aalborg HB around former Kieler top goalkeeper Niklas Landin.

“We cannot promise that we will win, but we can promise one thing: we will give everything for you,” left winger Matthias Musche said on the balcony of Magdeburg’s city hall. Team captain Christian O’Sullivan does not believe the championship title has much to do with the conditions for the final tournament Cologne changes: “It’s a weekend with four very good teams. You have to play two very good games – and yet that doesn’t mean you win everything.”

O’Sullivan on Barcelona: “That’s crazy”

In addition to defending champions Magdeburg and Aalborg, THW Kiel and FC Barcelona are also participating in the final round. The Magdeburg captain sees the Spaniards as favorites, because “six times in a row in the last four, that’s crazy”.

At the SCM they traditionally think from match to match and so their full concentration is primarily on their semi-final opponent Aalborg. “They have just become champions, a top team too – and we have to play them very, very well to have any chance of playing for the title,” O’Sullivan explained.

Gisli Kristjansson has been a cause for concern lately. The Icelander hit the floor hard in the competition match in Mannheim. The 24-year-old was rested in the last league match due to a suspected concussion. “We are very, very careful at SC Magdeburg and will not risk anything. You can only wait from day to day for the test results,” coach Bennet Wiegert explained to Dyn.

Kristjansson attended the championship celebration on the City Hall balcony – perhaps a good sign for last year’s Final Four MVP.

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