The Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock didn’t get wild-card to play at new format of the EHF Champions League in season 2020/2021.
Wisla’s coach Xavi Sabate was dissatisfied with the decision of the leading handball body:
I am very dissapointed with the today’s EHF decission. There were a lot of very good teams that applied for the wild card and we knew from the beginning the competition will be strong. However, I think by being the only team who got two times in the row to Last 16 out of groups C and D, we won this wild card on the court and deserved to stay in in the new Format of Champions League. We have built the team for the new season that can play with the best European rivals. Nevertheless, it is the decission of EHF and now we know that we will play the new European Handball League. For sure the competition will be stronger than in groups C and D in former Champions League format- with strong teams from France, Germany and Champions League Teams from groups C&D. I am sure our fans will enjoy a lot the handball on top level. We really count for their support as the competition will be even tougher than the last season. ORLEN Wisła Płock has one of the best fans in the world and I promise they will be proud of our Team attitude as they deserve! We will keep on working hard and continuing our progress. Together we will do our best to be back to the Champions League 2021-22.