BM Logroño will face Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey (March 5), which will be played at the WiZink Center in Madrid during the next March 5, 6 and 7. Important duel for the Riojans, who will face the best Spanish team. Fate has not smiled on the franjivinos, who are fifth in Liga ASOBAL and their next appointment will be precisely at the Palau against Barcelona (Sunday 12:00, GOL and LaLigaSportsTV).
Miguel Ángel Velasco, coach of BM Logroño, has expressed his feelings: «It is three years in a row that we have to play on the Barcelona side and now the first game. Maximum enthusiasm for being in the Cup, we know that it is very difficult, that the planets have to align to win them. At least compete with them. On the other hand, Miguel Sánchez Migallón has given clues so that he has started: «That they do not score many counterattack goals, be well in the defensive retreat and that Gonzalo is not very inspired, go to a game with few goals and be at 200 % with them”.
On the culé side, its president Fernando Barbeito, does not want confidence: «If historically Barcelona had been entrusted, we would not have so many titles. Every year the respect we have for all rivals is shown. We prepare all the matches as if they were a final, mainly because of all the respect we have to have for the rival. Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas, for his part, values the facilities and hopes that the final at 8 “will be entertaining and will be played without problems.”
The league, in the foreground
The Palacio de los Deportes block has a lot of league pressure from its direct rivals. After the Catalans, Bidasoa Irún leads the league of mortals (31), followed by Franklin Granollers (27, one game less). Behind, triple tie between Huesca (26, one game less), Logroño (26, one game less) and Ademar de León (26).
A realistic goal for Riojans would be third place, valid for European competitions. The Irundarras, who already won in Logroño (28-32), seem a point above the Franjivinos. Vallesanos, Huesca and Leonese seem more manageable objectives for the domestic competition.