Hungarian Water Polo Association President Dénes Kemény thinks Szolnok coach Sándor Cseh's "abnormal" timeout request was the key moment in his team's victorious Champions' League final tie. Together with Viktor Nagy, he was a guest on M4Sport's Sport7 show.
Szolnok's Champions' League-winning head coach Sándor Cseh say Szolnok have shown team unity all season but they've needed individual excellence too.
Szolnok were roared on to European glory in Budapest this weekend when they beat title-holders Jug Dubrovnik 10-5 to become LEN Champions' League winners.
Sándor Cseh’s Hungarian champions defeated their Hungarian rivals 7-5 to set up a date in tomorrow evening’s final against holders Jug Dubrovnik. Eger meanwhile, will face Pro Recco in the 3rd place play-off.
Croatians Jug Dubrovnik defeated Pro Recco 10-9 in the Champions League semi-finals, the second year in a row they have progressed to the final at the expense of the Italians. Recco had come into the tie on the back of ten Champions League victories in a row this season but last season’s winners held there nerve and will now face Szolnok in Saturday’s final.
Eger and Brescia were in a huge contest with each other on the first day of the Championsá League Final Six, the 'home' team eventually prevailing to set up an Eger-Szióolnok clash for a place in the final.
There will definitely be a Hungarian finalist this year after Eger defeated Brescia in a titanic battle to ensure a semi-final clash against domestic rivals Szolnok on Friday.
Last year's finalists met in the play-offs for the semi-finals this time, title-holders Jug surging into a 7-2 lead before Olympiakos sensationally recovered to equalise, only for their exertions to tire them out so much that Jug could take the lead again, the Croatian national champions eventually prevailing 11-8 to set up a semi-final with Pro Recco.
Based on the number of tickets already sold, between fifteen and twenty thousand spectators are expected at the Duna Aréna over the three day LEN Champions League Final Six event which sees Hungarian teams Szolnok and Eger battle it out with the cream of European water polo in the hope of being crowned European Champions of 2017.
There are only two days to go before this season’s LEN Champions League Final Six begins in the Duna Aréna in Budapest. If you don’t want to miss out on what promises to be a special occasion you can purchase tickets – even for as little as 500 forints – at jegyed.hu.