Albert Rocas, un dels blaugranes que jugarà a Zagreb / FOTO:Arxiu-FCB

The fourth game of this season’s VELUX EHF Champions League sees Barça Intersport at the Zagreb Arena to take on RK Zagreb – a team they have beaten 6 times in their seven visits to Croatia  - the other game ended in a draw – and the Group D leaders will be seeking to maintain that record and keep their unbeaten run in this season’s competition.

All change at Zagreb

Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb have made significant changes in their team over the summer, with Balic and Gojun joining  Athletic Madrid,  Kopljar going to Paris, Sego to Poland and Pesic to Maribor, leaving coach Slavo Goluza with a big rebuilding job on his hands.

Winger Horvat, centre back Valcic and the pivot Maric have become the new reference points for the team, whilst Tonci Valcic and David Spiler are proving to be key players.

The Croatians have chalked up one win and one draw so far in the group, seeing off  Pick Szeged 30-27, drawing 27-27 in Minsk against Dynamo and losing in Schaffhausen to Kadetten 28-27.

Maximum concentration called for

After their last gasp win over Dynamo Minsk, Barça will be looking to stretch their winning record in Zagreb, but will need to be on top form – in Europe any relaxation can lead to defeat and Xavi Pascual has made sure his players know that.

Although there have been many changes in personnel, Zagreb gave Barça plenty of problems last season and despite losing in Croatia, they won 29-30 at the Palau Blaugrana – their first ever win over the Catalans.

Xavi Pascual travels with all 16 senior players and will be fielding his gala team to ensure the side make it four wins out of four in Europe and hold onto top spot in their group.

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