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FC Barcelona vs. Alingsas HK takes place this afternoon in the Handball Champions League.
The game takes place at Palau Blaugrana and is scheduled to start at 15:15 GMT.
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Alingsas bagged their first points in the competition last week as they won 27:24 at home against Besiktas, but head coach Mikael Franzen admits that the task will be completely different away against Barcelona who won 38:28 in Sweden in the first meeting between the two teams.
“We are meeting one of the absolutely best teams in the world, which Barcelona demonstrated lately against Flensburg,” Franzen told ehfCL.com.
“I do not think that there are any teams in Europe with the same quality, and I think they have improved their game even further this season.
“We are in need of points after Plock drew against Kolding, but winning in Barcelona will be an almost impossible task. To us, it will be a quest to make so good an effort that we can be proud of ourselves after the match.
“And who knows. With a really good effort, we may be able to spring a surprise, but we still have to remember that we are meeting the probably best team in the world.”
To Barcelona, who are leading the group after only having lost one point, the match may be a question of increasing their lead further.
If Kolding Kobenhavn lose away against Flensburg, Barcelona will be three points ahead of the Danish champions if they defeat Alingsas, and in case of a Kolding win, Barcelona will have a gap of seven points to Flensburg in third position.