The Rocasa Gran Canaria returns today to the continental competition that has given him so many joys in recent seasons. In the Antonio Moreno pavilion Telde, the Turkish team of Ankara Yenimahalle BSK is measured starting at 7:00 p.m. in the first leg of the EHF Challenge Cup round of 16.
After losing the leadership in the Iberdrola League by matching the Granollers fief last Wednesday, the Telden squad faces a demanding commitment almost without rest. He will face a rival who arrives at this match after beating the leader of his domestic competition, where he is in third place in the standings. His two best players are Russian Sinitsyna and Macedonian Beleska, both sides.
Ankara eliminated Azerbaijani Baku in the round of 16 of the EHF Challenge Cup after losing the first game at home (29-30) and going back in the round (24-31).
The technician of Rocasa, Carlos Herrera, has summoned the same players who traveled to Granollers, with the exception of Manuela Pizzo. The Argentine international is a sensitive low for the clash this afternoon; He suffered a blow to the face that caused a fracture in the lateral wall of the left breast and will remain between three and four weeks low.
For the Gran Canaria coach of the Telden team, the return to continental competition is "good news" for the club. "Undoubtedly, if we want to pass the round we have to go out with the batteries on, with intensity and desire to win," he says.
It catalogs Turkish Ankara as "a very good team". "It has two very good side, a great pitcher, a center that manages well the pace of the game and good extremes, so it will not be easy to beat them, although it may seem," said Carlos Herrera.