This is one of those games we’ve all been waiting for all season – the VELUX EHF Champions League semi-final. The game starts at 15.15 this afternoon in the Lanxess Arena and Barça will be looking to win and reach their 12th Champions League Final. Barça and Kielce have played twice in official competitions – meeting in the group phase of the 2010/11 Champions League when Barça won 26-33 in Kielce and the two drew 28-28 at the Palau.
Pascual’s players all set
FC Barcelona Intersport come into the game with a fully fit squad and although Pascual and his players are well aware of the dangers of their opponents – they are both tactically and physically prepared for the game. Kielce may not be one of the big names of the sport, but they are full of quality and Barça will need to be totally focussed to get through to the final after their heroics in the last round against BM Atletico de Madrid
Kielce a big threat
Pascual has been predicting that Kielce would make the Final Four since the start of the season and the coach knows the strengths of the Polish outfit, a world class mix of native and Balkan players and the threat Wenta’s side represent with Uros Zorman pulling the strings on court, Jurecki in the first line and Cupic out wide.
Kielce have won 13 of their 14 Champions League games this season, only losing once, 26-25 to Pick Szeged in the second leg of the Last 16.