by Sascha Staat
Norwegian worldwide, Christian O’Sullivan, joined SC Magdeburg in 2016 and in 2023 he’ll compete in his first EHF Champions League FINAL4 semifinal towards FC Barcelona. Earlier than the match, he weighs his crew’s choices.
On enjoying the EHF Champions League FINAL4 for the primary time:
COS: “It’s one thing particular. You’ll be able to simply see that with all of the media round. It’s like that
within the German Cup as nicely, however it’s not the identical. That is the large weekend in handball. That’s simply how
it’s and everyone seems to be wanting ahead to it yearly. This yr we’re right here to compete towards the most effective
groups in Europe and we’re glad to be right here – hopefully we will ship an ideal end result.”
On all of the actions across the FINAL4 taking the main target away:
COS: “Really, I believe it’s the alternative. I believe it’s a bonus for us not being right here yearly as a result of
you come right here with a lot vitality, as a result of it’s the primary time and there’s a lot happiness to be right here. I
suppose this may very well be a bonus for us. The opposite three groups are right here nearly yearly. They know
how it’s with the media and all the things else. Hopefully, the vitality that every one of this generates can lead us to one thing particular this weekend.”
On the affect of the sooner EHF Champions League match towards Paris:
COS: “Yeah, I believe it did change issues. Simply seeing at what stage we’ve to be at in an effort to compete towards the most effective
groups after which we beat them away some months later. I believe we realized quite a bit from these video games and
hopefully this expertise and enjoying a really powerful HBL season this yr will likely be an
benefit for us.”
On Barcelona being the favourite:
COS: “Firstly, Barcelona is the favourite to win the FINAL4. They confirmed it for 2 years now – they’re nearly at all times right here in Cologne. They’ve a unbelievable crew and we’re wanting ahead to the chance to play towards them. It’s a crew we all know, as we performed towards them some months in the past.
“They arrive with an unbelievable tempo and we’ve to gradual them all the way down to a velocity that matches our model of play. I believe this would be the key to beat them on Saturday.