The managers of the four remaining teams in the UEFA Futsal Cup/ PHOTO: FCB

FC Barcelona Alusport took the spectacular back-top court at the Pabellón Barris Nord in Lleida. The arena will host the four best futsal teams in Europe -Barça Alusport, Dynamo Moscow, Sporting Clube Portugal and Marca Futsal - this Friday. All four teams will fight for a spot in the UEFA Fustal Cup final.

Marc Carmona’s men, who have been in Lleida since Friday, focused on their debut in the Final Four during today’s training session. The team will take on Sporting Clube this Friday at 21:00. This will be the second semi-final of the day after Marca Futsal and Dynamo Moscow take to the court at 18:30.

Both the managers hold press conferences

Before the team’s debut, Barça Alusport’s manager, Marc Carmona, and Sporting Clube’s manager, Orlando Duarte, analyzed the semi-final matchup and the competition during a round of press conferences today. The Azulgrana manager does not believe that any single team is favored to win the title. “Each one of the teams that are here can win the title,” he said. Furthermore, despite playing in Lleida  and being the hosts of the competitions (Barcelona is very close to Lleida), Carmona anticipates that his team will not be weighed down by “the responsibility” of doing well: “I’m anticipating a great weekend of futsal.” The manager believes that playing at home “should be a point in our favor, not against us.”

In regards to the semi-finals against Sporting Clube, Carmona said, “they are a team that works above individual performances. They don’t have the big names that Barça Alusport or Dynamo Moscow have, but they are very well trained. They attack and defend really well.” Orlando Duarte, manager of the Portuguese side, said that Barça Alusport are the best futsal team in Europe. “We’ll give it our all to beat a very strong rival. For me, they are the best team in Europe.”

The team will train once against this afternoon at 19:30 at the Pabellón Barris Nord. The training session will happen behind closed doors.

Photos with the managers

The four managers of the four remaining teams in the competition met at the Pabellón Barris Nord at noon today. Marc Carmona, Orlando Duarte, Faustino Pérez and Tiago De Sousa posed for pictures with the UEFA Futsal Cup.

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