Barça search to take one other huge step in direction of the quarterfinals in Kiel
With none loss, the Barça workforce visits the tough Sparkassen Enviornment this Thursday at 6:45 p.m.
Barça would shut the primary spherical with a spectacular filled with victories in the event that they beat a rival with out Sagosen
The 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons have been extraordinary for THW Kielwho gained two consecutive Bundesliga titles after a four-year drought and defeated Barça within the postponed Champions League remaining that was performed in December 2020.
All this below the command of a Filip Jicha who had given the Catalans a whole lot of hassle as a participant and who arrived on the Palau half-injured as an alternative choice to Nikola Karabatic. As properly, the final 12 months and a half hasn’t been so good for the workforce from this city nearly on the border with Denmark: second within the final Bundesliga, third within the present one, they fell within the semifinals within the 2021-22 Champions League exactly in opposition to Ortega’s males and are actually fifth within the group.
Barça already took some revenge for that defeat final season with two wins in opposition to THW Kiel on the Palau (29-25 with six objectives from Ludovic Fàbregas) and on the Sparkassen Enviornment (26-32 with six from Dika Mem). And an important within the aforementioned semifinals of the Last 4 by 30-34.
The fact of each groups within the Champions League is radically totally different. The Barcelona workforce dominates Group B with an iron fist and this Thursday they may combat to shut the primary spherical with full victories of their purpose of virtually sealing the ticket for the quarterfinals within the 4 remaining video games this 12 months.
For his half, the ‘Zebras’ wrestle in fifth place with solely two victories and 5 factors. He isn’t in peril of passing, however a sixth place would condemn him to a really tough match, presumably in opposition to the Danish GOG or… in opposition to Magdeburg!
Kiel comes from defeating the Barca executioner within the final two Tremendous Globe finals in an ideal recreation within the Bundesliga (33-34). Jicha has recovered a key participant within the type of the German worldwide midfielder Henrik Pekeler and the Danish left winger Magnus Landin (brother of his nice purpose Niklas) is a doubt, however his nice absence is the Danish central defender Sander Sagosen after his ankle fracture in June. After all, the incombustible Croatian central Domagoj Duvnjak is as soon as once more on the prime.
Barça arrives with out casualties to German lands even though Luka Cindric traveled affected by discomfort muscular. Dika Mem additionally returns after resting in opposition to Anaitasuna within the ASOBAL League. Subsequently, the 16 gamers from the primary workforce entered the record.
The workforce, motivated
“We now have ready the sport properly. In these weeks of European break now we have dosed the work, giving relaxation to the gamers who wanted it. We arrive in the very best approach to a recreation for which it’s not essential to inspire the gamers, as a result of everybody desires to play it”, commented Carlos Ortega.
The Barca coach warned of the good hazard of Kiel, “the counterattack recreation with its two pivots. That’s certainly one of their greatest weapons and now we have to defend them properly all through the sport and be very attentive if we need to beat them”.
“We now have to make the distinction with our protection, as a result of that can permit us to run. We all know that we’re going to one of the crucial urgent tracks in Europe, however we’re used to taking part in below that stress”, indicated Aitor Ariño.