Popovic’s Montenegrin and Danish worlds meet in semi-final

And like Popovic, Jensen also coaches an EHF Champions League team: Team Esbjerg.

“I’m impressed with the work Bojana has done and is doing,” Jansen said of Popovic.

“She is a good captain for the team and a great coach because she knows how to lead them. I have the deepest respect for Montenegro, they always play hard and give a big fight. They have many strong players and experienced, all playing for top clubs, their first seven to nine players are very, very strong, they play physically and fast.

Jensen’s side impressed with a five-game winning streak at the EHF EURO after their first loss to Slovenia. Their best result, of course, was their 31:29 win over defending champions Norway. Which earned them the No. 1 spot in Group I of the main round.

Montenegro lost once – to France – and had already secured second place in Group II when they lost a second time – to the Netherlands, while resting some of their best players .

Popovic, who is the only female head coach of this EHF Women’s EURO, expects a tough fight.

“Denmark have had a strong team together for a long time now. They have a lot of experienced players, who play together at the top clubs and they have a good coach, in Esbjerg and in the national team,” she said.

“They will run, we will run; we know that when you face a Scandinavian team, you have to step back. My players will play with heart and full power for 60 minutes.

A crucial impact on this semi-final could be the depth of the two teams, but Popovic did not see it as a decisive factor.

“In all these tournaments where we have been successful, we have never had a long bench. We are used to playing with eight, nine, 10 players. If those 10 are good, that is enough,” the coach said. Montenegrin.