Atlético de Madrid-FCB Intersport (Super Cup)

After 12 Asobal League matches, the big handball match is finally here. BM Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona Intersport will play this Saturday, at 16.00, in the handball ‘clásico.’ Both teams arrive to the big match unbeaten and the game could decide the outcome of the League.

FC Barcelona’s trajectory up until now

The Azulgranas arrive unbeaten to the game against BM Atlético de Madrid. Pascual’s men have been perfect in the Asobal League -12 wins out of 12 matches- and in Europe, where they have dominated Group A of the Champions League with seven victories out of seven matches.

In Madrid, besides coming up against a powerful unbeaten team, Barça will play in a packed-out Palacio de Vistalegre. The team has proven that it can cope with the pressure, like they did in Kiel and Zagreb.

Xavi Pascual, during the pre-match press conference, admitted: “We know it’s an important game that can have a lasting impact on the outcome of the League.” Barça Intersport’s manager is clear: “Keeping last year’s results in mind, the two best teams in Europe will play against each other.” Furthermore, Pascual said what kind of clásico he expects: “We’ve prepared for the match knowing that we must be bold and play our style.”

The opponent

BM Atlético de Madrid has returned to the Asobal League after 18 seasons. Formerly known as BM Ciudad Real, the Madrileños arrive to the clásico with similar stats. The ‘Colchoneros’ are unbeaten in the League, and in Europe as well, as they have won five and tied two of their seven matches.

In the pre-match press conference the BM Atlético de Madrid coach, Talant Dushebaev, said that “we all know that FC Barcelona, at this moment, is the best team in the world, we don’t doubt that for a second. They are the reigning League and Champions League champions.”

However, Barça will be playing against one of the best teams in the world: a goal kept by Hombrados and Sterbik; Dinart and Julen Aguinalgalde as pivots; and attack minded players like Kalman or the French international Luc Abalo. BM Atlético aslo has big names on defence: Parrondo and Cañellas, and some of the best wide defenders in the world with Markussen, Entrerríos and Lazaroz. Combined they make of one of the best and most balanced handball teams in the world.

Even on stats

FC Barcelona Intersport and BM Atlètico de Madrid come into the Clásico even on points and very similar statistics:

Goals scored: FCB Intersport 421/BM Atlètico de Madrid 449

Goals conceded: FCB Intersport  282/ BM Atlètico de Madrid 323

Goal differential: FCB Intersport  +139/ BM Atlètico de Madrid +126

Highest goalscorers: FCB Intersport, Rutenka 64 goals/BM Atlètico de Madrid, Lazarov 66

Goals at home: BM Atlètico de Madrid 38,8 in favour; 27,1 against

Goals away: FCB Intersport 34,5 in favour; 23,5 against

Shots blocked: FCB Intersport  40%/ BM Atlètico de Madrid 38%

Shot percentage: FCB Intersport  70%/ BM Atlètico de Madrid 68%

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