He was the man who most wanted to avenge last year. Daniel Saric had accepted much of the blame for the defeat to THW Kiel and yesterday took the thorn out of his side at the Lanxess Arena.
The Bosnian keeper was decisive for Barça Borges with 22 saves, many from counter attacks and 7
metre throws. He made 50 per cent of his saves and admitted afterwards that he had had an excellent
game, which he rounded off with an incredible end to end goal to set off the collective
Saric was hailed by the Lanxess Arena, a neutral venue where all the difference was made by
the Barça stopper. “I have no words to describe the game he played. He helped us a
lot”, said Víctor Tomás. Ugalde added “he was amazing. He has shown he is the best in
the world. Not Omeier or Sterbik. Saric is the best, he always rises to the occasion and he did it
Praise from a friend
But it was Iker Romero who went as far as to compare him with Messi:
“Messi is on another level, another galaxy. And Saric was at an incredible level, he showed
he’s a great keeper, one of the best if not the best. And he is a real gem of a person. I
will miss him”.
Manager Xavi Pascual said “Saric es deserves this Champions League more than anybody
because he has never won such a big title. This adds to his recognition. Last year he felt
responsible for the defeat and so I’m especially happy for his two games in this Final
Saric’s title will make him an even bigger name on the world stage. The Palau has
adored him for some time, not just for his saves but for everything else he contributes. And there
is no longer any sign of the thorn that had been in his side since last season.