The defeat was not sudden. Hagen Stamm, President of Spandau 04, had already spoken extremely of the Spanish champions CN Athletic Barceloneta within the run-up to the Champions League sport on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Stamm didn’t essentially see that Spandau would lose so clearly by 6:13. “We couldn’t construct on our performances within the earlier video games. We didn’t develop the mandatory objective menace, particularly within the early phases,” mentioned Stamm. “We solely had any targets on the finish of the sport.”
He even described the sport because the worst residence sport of the season up to now. “It was harking back to the mouse in entrance of the snake.” The truth that Spandau’s water polo gamers acted considerably hesitantly and began the sport with a variety of respect for his or her opponents was additionally because of the Spaniards’ position as favorites.
They’re undefeated in Group D up to now and are subsequently safely in first place. Behind them are Spandau 04 and CN Marseille, who each have 9 factors, however Spandau has the higher objective distinction, which decides in case of doubt. If Berlin’s water polo gamers handle to take care of second place, they might transfer on to the following spherical.
To do that they must win once more towards the Greek membership Vouliagmeni, who already don’t have any likelihood of progressing. A defeat towards Marseille within the second leg would even be sufficient, offered that it’s narrower than Marseille’s defeat within the first leg (10:13). “All prospects are nonetheless open. We’ve got it in our personal fingers,” mentioned Stamm.
In a approach, the membership even factored in the opportunity of dropping towards the highest Spanish staff. “We’re nonetheless in a constructive stream. We didn’t count on the 2 wins at residence. We’ve got the means to attain factors away from residence.” The subsequent sport is towards Marseille on November twenty first, then away towards Vouliagmeni originally of December.