Jadran Begins Battle for Europe

By , 13 Sep 2018, 13:29 PM Sport
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September 13, 2018 - From Friday to Sunday, Jadran Carine will play four matches in the first round of the Champions League in France in order to qualify for the next stage, which is crucial to remain in Europe.

The Herceg Novi club expects an easy match against Malta - Valeta, while in the early and late afternoon they will play Terasa from Spain and Dutch club Alfen. On Sunday, the tournament will end with the match against the host Strasbourg.  

"We started two weeks ago with work, the team is new, with several important players who came. Everything must be synchronized, and the comforting fact is that four teams are going further, and we will certainly pass. Whether we're going to provide one hundred percent, I do not know, it's hard to tell, because we have not been coordinated as a team. It will be a good tournament for us to come up to that and to get ready for the second round to remain in Europe, which is very important to us. Indeed, we still do not know what we can do, and I know we will do our best. The goal is to move forward," said Vladan Spaić, a representative of Jadran.

"The outsider is Valeta, the Dutch are a little weaker than last year, and it was not easy against Strasbourg, while the Spanish team brought together quality young players. I expect us to pass to the next round of the Champions League."

The Montenegrin champion has changed compared to the previous year, and several quality players have left the team, including Ukropina and Merkulov. Some new arrivals took place, and the impression is that it is very important for Jadran that national team Dragan Drašković extended the cooperation.

"The appetites are modest, but Jadran also went further because of their quality. Placement into Europe would be a stimulus for everyone in the club. This team can do a lot, some players have gone, and some young ones will get a chance. Those who have been in Jadran for a longer period are expected to raise their game to a higher level and lead the team. Like every year, we want to make a step forward," said Spaić.

Text by Pobjeda, on September 13th 2018, read more at CdM

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