Barcelona lost last week, 31-30, on their home floor to Germany’s Rhein-Neckar Lowen. This week they travel to Germany to take on last year’s champion Kiel. Barcelona will want to avoid going 0-2 in the standings in Group A and show a little Spanish League pride as one of the more heated ongoing debates in Handball is to whether the German or Spanish league is better. With Rhein-Neckar (arguably the 3rd best side in Germany) dispatching Reale Ademar in the Wild Card playoff and taking care of Barcelona in Barcelona, the argument appears to currently be leaning in Germany’s favor. Spain’s Ciudad Real easily dispatched Flensburg last week and few would argue against that club being one of the world’s best, but it could be that Spanish League is turning into a one horse town with Ciudad Real far outclassing even rivals like Barcelona.
Barcelona will want to show that they are still a team to be reckoned with. The oddsmakers at least still have some faith in Barcelona. Kiel is only a consensus 2 goal favorite.
EHF Preview: Duel of Kings in Kiel: http://www.ehfcl.com/men/2010-11/article/13388/Duel+of+Kings+in+Kiel
Kiel v Barcelona On Demand Full Match Video: http://www.ehftv.com/ec/cl/men/2010-11/video/001157