Sporting “Desire to keep Begging ”
Sporting CP are on the lookout for more historic achievements when they face Telekom Veszprém H C in the early leg of the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 on Sunday at 18:00 CET (live on ehfTV.com).
While Sporting would be the first club from Portugal to reach this stage since the execution of this EHF FINAL4 structure in 2009/10, the battle with Veszprém is likely to undoubtedly be even more special to one their primary players.
Carlos Ruesga spent just two seasons with Veszprém, from 2013 before 2015. After 12 months in Barcelona, the Spanish centre back arrived at Sporting in 2016.
Conquering many titles
In his two seasons in Hungary, Ruesga defeated many titles and also played the VELUX EHF FINAL4 twice.
“It had been an extraordinary experience to play Veszprém. For me personally it’going to be considered a distinctive duel since it’therefore the first time I’m likely to play them since I abandoned Veszprém,” Ruesga says. “I’ve got excellent memories and friends from my two seasons “
While trainer and squad have shifted since Ruesga abandoned, the club stays the same.
“They always have very ambitious objectives, because they have been among the better teams in Europe and also certainly among the favourites to stay the EHF FINAL4,” Ruesga says.
Sporting are anticipating the battle with Veszprém.
“Everyone is excited and eager to play the previous 16,” Ruesga says. “The club and the team have worked hard and really well lately to be able to enjoy excellent games like that one. Our fans additionally deserve it because of their unconditional aid. You want to keep dreaming. ”
Ruesga knows that Veszprém start as favourites. The side boasts a comprehensive squad, with two strong players to each position.
“We know they have been the big favorites of the tie but in this first match we play in your home and also will attempt to surprise them,” he says. “We will give the maximum to have yourself a opportunity to be at them, but I’m aware it is very tricky. ”
An Amazing air
Sporting understand of the significance of Sunday’s leg. The rousing aid of the fans in their soldout arena can really make a gap, Ruesga anticipates.
“The Pavilion is going to be full and I have no doubt that our fans will demonstrate that they are the best in Europe,” the center back says. “The João Rocha Pavilion always makes the gap, however that Sunday is just a special day. I’m pretty sure we will enjoy an amazing atmosphere. ”
The twotime national winners became the first Portuguese team to reach this stage of the contest within this arrangement when they defeated Dinamo Bucuresti in the Group C/D play off.
The return leg Hungary is going to be played Saturday, 30 March.
TEXT: Tiago Nogueira / ew