The Champions League is back, with the best clubs water polo in Europe
After Christmas break, the Champions League is back this weekend with the 6th days of clashes, which will at least be crucial for Group A. The two Catalan teams in the draw will face completely different scenarios on Saturday: Atlètic Barceloneta will travel to Belgrade to play against Group A tailender, Partizan, and Astrapool CN Sabadell will have to overcome a major challenge and defeat Pro Recco, Group B leader and one of the main favorites to take the title.
The Dynamo Moscow-Brescia match will be crucial for Group A, as Atlètic Barceloneta will have a serious chance to climb up the scoreboard. After their possible triumph in Belgrade, the team led by Chus Martín will face Waspo Hannover, second from the bottom.
The gap between the first three classified teams and the res of the group is expected to increase, which would gibe Atñètic Barceloneta a better chance to improve and book a ticket to the big final. So far the Catalan team has only lost one match, to Brescia (6-5), and has claimed ties against tthree of the favorite squads of the competition, Olympiacos, current group leader, Dynamo and Jug Dubrovnik.
In Group B, the first three classified teams will enjoy an apparently easy day, which will confirm Spandau o4, Szolnoki and Pro Recco’s lead. Sabadell will have to fight against Steaua Bucarest and AZC Alphen to claim the sixth spot. Chava Gómez’s men are seventh, with only one victory.
With just a few months to go before the big day, the 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships will once again be present at the Champions League through advertising panels displayed in every pool.