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Champions League Men - 16 Oct 2017

Excitements grows in Lisbon after two historic TTCLM wins


Sporting Clube de Portugal debuted in the TTCLM with two victories in two rounds

 

Portugal`s champion Sporting Clube de Portugal has 2-0 score in the Group A of 2017/18 Table Tennis Champions League Men, debuting in this prestigious competition. First, they beat away double TTCLM winner AS Pontoise Cergy 3:1, while in the Round 2, Joao MONTEIRO & Co. celebrated in front of their fans, after 3:1 win against Poland`s Dartom Bogoria Grodzisk Mazoqiecki. We asked coach CHEN Shi Chao and his players to explain how they feel after these two wins...

 

“It was very important to win these first two days so that we can have less pressure now. We are happy. We will continue to work to fight in the next games.” (CHEN Shi Chao)

 

“Although surprising for some we started the competition with the results we wanted. Our amazing team consists of the athletes we choose - with effort, dedication and devotion the glory will easily appear. But we want more ...” (Gonçalo CASTANHEIRA)

 

“I am enjoying my first participation in the Champions League, much more having achieved these two historic victories. It really is a dream come true.” (Bode ABIODUN)

 

“In France I was a bit nervous because it was my debut but in the last match in Lisbon I got one of the best victories of my career so I'm already adapted and motivated to help the team.” (Diogo CARVALHO)

 

“I am feeling very good to be able to help the team succeed and be part of the history of this fantastic club in this event that is the most important at European level. I will continue to train to improve and improve …” (Aruna QUADRI)

 

“I returned to Sporting to play for Champions and I dedicate this victory to our fans. I have played on big stages with a lot of public, but it was special to play before the members and fans of the club of my heart, in this fabulous hall.” (João MONTEIRO)

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