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Xavi Pascual /PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

The decisive match of the season will be played this Saturday at 18:00 at the Palau Blaugrana. If Barça Intersport beat Torrevieja they’ll be champions of the 2012/13 Asobal League. Xavi Pascual held a prematch press conference on the eve of tomorrow’s showdown.

Fantastic atmosphere and prudence

Pascual explained that “you can tell there’s a special atmosphere around tomorrow’s game. The match against Torrevija is a final.

“The whole world says we’re favourites, but Torrevieja are not coming to Barcelona for a vacation. The proof is when we played them on their court, we would have lost if not for our end-game push,” said the Azulgrana manager.

16 years later at the Palau

Pascual is very aware that it’s been 16 years since Barça won the Asobal title at the Palau: “we’ve been fighting for the title all season, it’s a complicated title to win - we’re hoping to win tomorrow and it’s great that we’re playing at the Palau.

“We have to win tomorrow to be champions and I expect the fans to support us at the Palau. It helps us when the Palau is full and when we’re going through rough patches during matches, the supporters’ help is vital for us. People must come to enjoy the match and help us win on our court,” said Pascual.

The season in one game

When asked who the favourites are in the final game of the season, Pascual said that “in all of our games, from the outside, we’re told that we’ve already won before playing - that’s not new for us. We have to go out and play a good match. We haven’t played in 15 days and we’re hoping to get into our game rhythm as soon as possible.”

Barça Intersport come into the match after having prepared for tomorrow’s showdown. Furthermore, Pascual said that his players are very motivated to win against BM Torrevieja: “we’ve trained well these past two days, the players are eager. The team are motivated for tomorrow’s match, we all know that the season hinges on one game. We want there to be a fantastic atmosphere and that people come to the Palau to help the team.”

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