The Barça receives to the Porto Portuguese in the Palau Blaugrana on the matchday 9 of the EHF Champions League 2021/2022 handball group stage. The Catalans, fourth in the B GroupThey cannot give up more ground if they do not want to complicate the fight for the first two places in the classification, which give direct access to the quarterfinals.
The team of Antonio Carlos Ortega placeholder image It is not going through its best moment in the competition, which faces the second day of the second round. The Barça drew 33-33 at home precisely from Porto at the end of October and since then he has reaped two defeats, both against the Live Kielce (30-32 in the Palau and 29-27 in Polish lands). These have reaffirmed the current leader of the group as the maximum candidate to win that first place and, therefore, they have moved away from it a Barça fighting for the second.
The Kielce has 14 points, while the Veszprem it follows with 10. The PSG and Barça they tie with 9 and the Flensburg He has 7. There are so many teams that fight for this persecution of the Poles, so the Barça You can’t afford a new stumbling block that makes your situation difficult. The Catalans will seek to defeat this time a Porto that dominated them in the first leg in Portugal in many measures. Those of Ortega They managed to turn the scoreboard, but ended up giving up a tie 33-33 in the final seconds.
The Porto, seventh in the group with 5 points, needs to add to get into the top 6 That gives access to stay alive in the competition, where appropriate in the search for the round of 16. He already showed in the first leg to have arguments to complicate life by Barça, which should be attentive to the performance of men such as Sliskovic, Areia, Iturriza or Mbengue, who put him in a lot of trouble in Portugal.
The Barça will count for this match with the long-term loss of Luis Frade, so it will be important again Youseff ben ali, the player that the Catalans have signed to replace the Portuguese. In addition, they arrive rested from League matches ASOBAL Blaz Janc and Domen Makuc. With them, Ortega you can also have Luka Cindric and Aitor Ariño, already with the team after the injuries they have suffered.
The management of minutes will once again be essential for the Catalans, who recovered on Tuesday a postponed match they had in the Liga ASOBAL against Torrelavega. Precisely that meeting has marked the news of the Barcelona team in the last hours, since the Cantabrian team has denounced improper alignment of Ben ali to understand that the player still did not belong to the Blaugrana squad on the initial date of the match, October 10, and that therefore he should not have played that match.
When do you play Barça – Porto?
The game is played Today, Thursday, December 2, at 8:45 p.m.
Where to see Barça – Porto?
The meeting can be seen by the DAZN platform, which relays the Handball Champions League in Spain. You can also watch the game by Esport3 in Catalonia. You can follow all the information about the match live on the Mundo Deportivo website.