PPD Zagreb and Horvat ready for Recognizable opponents
The rivalry between H C PPD Zagreb and H C Vardar goes way back in history. Over the last 17 decades, the Croatian and Macedonian champions faced each other 32 times in official games — 10 of those in the EHF Champions League. The first clash was in the 2002/2003 season, when Zagreb won 28:25 in Skopje from the EHF Champions League Group D clash.
That match was a memorable one for a specific individual — a new, talented right-wing from Zagreb’s academy: Zlatko Horvat.
Today, his name is still well-known in the handball planet.
“Looking back on the 2002/03 seasonI remember that game, however I need to be honest that I don’t remember scoring. Wow, thankyou for reminding me about that and the beginning of my path at Champions League and expert handball,” says Horvat. “Everything I recall from that stage is that we won against Vardar on both occasions. Those points opened the door to the quarter-finals for people. ”
A lot of games have been played between these two clubs, notably since the initiation of the SEHA — Gazprom League, in which both teams have participated since the very first season in 2011/12. Knowing your competition may be a bonus but in addition some sort of drawback, also Horvat knows that well.
“A lot of us are friends with Vardar’so players, however about the court it’s very different. We have a lot of respect for them. Both teams are long-time competitions and both sides understand all the pros and flaws of the opponent team ” says Horvat. “it will be intriguing to see if we figure out how to surprise them with something. ”
“Playing the Previous 16 is a reward for All of Us rdquo;
The initial leg of this Last 16 between Zagreb and Vardar throws off Saturday at 20:30, go on ehfTV.com. The Match of the Week in Zagreb is certain to bring us an exciting 60 minutes, as both teams possess one victory on their side out of their mutual clashes from the standard portion of the SEHA League season.
“I hope a good fight. We will need to reveal that which we’remade from and put in our maximum in both games, notably in that one in your home court,” says Horvat. “After the growing season we’d so much, playing the Last 16 is just a reward for us. We didn’t start well, and we all had to struggle for the place in the top 16 teams. All your time and effort was worth every penny. ”
Zagreb had a challenging start to the growing season and perhaps maybe not all looked as they’ve in the offing.
As their campaign in the group phase improved, the Croatian team played better and collected a few important wins. After shifting coach, using Tamse replacing Lino Cervar, Zagreb showed they will never surrender.
Where there is a will, there is a way — Horvat was proving that for the past 17 years at the top contest.