LAST 16 PREVIEW: Four years in a row, even the German side consisted in the first stage of the knockout round, while their opponents from Nantes merely had two attempts to create it to the closing
It’s knock-out time from the VELUX EHF Champions League: The 20 upcoming matches at Last 16 (1-2 ) and also quarter final (eight) stages will ascertain that the four participants at the 10th edition of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 at Cologne (12 June).
The ultimate steps along how to Cologne start in Germany, at which Rhein-Neckar Löwen possess their first-leg suit HBC Nantes on Wednesday. Löwen are out to get rid of the curse that’s seen them removed from the Last 16 four consecutive times, while Nantes expect to repeat their feat out of past season and also make it most of of the way to Cologne.
The hosts of Wednesday’s coNFLict finished the band phase in fifth position, while Nantes ranked fourth. The winners of the duel will face Barça Lassa, who skipped the Last 16 as category winners, at the quarter final.
Beginning in 2014/15, Löwen have neglected four straight times in the Last 16 because — against Szeged, Zagreb, Kiel and also Kielce
The only reciprocal VELUX EHF Champions League duels finished in attractions, both at the group period of this previous season
For Nantes, it is the next Last 16 involvement in as many Champions League seasons
Löwen have forced it to the Quarterfinals four times so far; Nantes attained that point once — and proceeded all the way to the closing
Both clubs depend one involvement at the VELUX EHF FINAL4: Löwen at 2011, if they finished fourth; Nantes at 2018, if they lost the final to Montpellier
Both sides are currently ranked third in their national leagues. Löwen are just eight points below Flensburg, whereas Nantes are just five points supporting PSG
Löwen have won five home matches in the group phase. Nantes simply took away one success in seven matches
TEXT: Björn Pazen / cg