Bear strength in Barcelona: With an outstanding performance, the German Handball Record Champion THW Kiel has qualified for the Final Four in Cologne for the fifth consecutive time in the Champions League.
Tapas for the triumph: With delicious finger food, THW Kiel’s handball professionals celebrated in a Catalan bar omitted their Champions League coup from Barcelona. With his injuries, the German record champion successfully defended his 29:24 lead against FC Barcelona, The 30:33 (14:13) defeat at Palau Blaugrana was enough for the jump to the Final Four of the Royal Class on 28./29. May in Cologne and thus also for the defense of the German Handball honor.
The rather cool Icelander Alfred Gislason was emotionally charged in the face of this Hussar strike as long ago no longer.” With us, everyone who was able to stand up had to play,”said the THW coach with a respectful look at his disabled players, who in the truest sense of the word bit the teeth together.
No regard for the body
So Niclas Ekberg, despite a muscle fiber crack in the wade, turned two important seven meters, Christian Dissinger and Christian Sprenger, regardless of their knee problems, ready for short-term operations, and left-handed Steffen Weinhold even entered the goal guard list with a broken right hand to the guests.
“I just didn’t think about the pain,” said the national player who needs to be operated on Monday in Hamburg. But the 29-year-old did not waste any thought on this even during the spontaneous celebration of the zebras.
For the Spanish hosts it was painful that Joan Ca ellas, her former tribal power, kept a cool head during the decisive phase and ended a short shaking phase of the THW with three hits in series. Routinier Dominik Klein showed great reverence for his teammate after the final whistle: “Great players win big games.”
The main thing about this is
At least another big game is still on the agenda for the North Germans in Cologne. As a flyer, however, Coach Gislason does not see his proteges in the struggle for the European crown in association football: “We are glad that we are here. But there are other favorites this time.”
After all, his team’s energy performance prevented the prestigious event from having to take place near the Rhine without a German club. This time the Rhine-Neckar lions and SG Flensburg Handewitt had stayed on the track early.
This trio will also make up the German championship among themselves in the coming weeks in the Bundesliga, with the Mannheimer with two respectively. three minus points advance to the finish line. Kiel’s Champions League hero, Ca ellas, immediately after the coup of Barcelona, did not want to think about the THW chances in this three-way race: “Today, it’s all about enjoying.”