«aug 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
31123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
«sep 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«oct 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«nov 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910
«dec 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
27282930123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567
«jan 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
567891011
«feb 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627281234
567891011
«mar 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627281234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
«apr 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456
«may 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
«jun 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«jul 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanBelgiumBosnia HerzegovinaBelarusBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkSpainEstoniaFaroe IslandsFinlandFranceGreat BritainGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandIsraelItalyKosovoLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMoldovaFYR MacedoniaMaltaMontenegroMonacoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSloveniaSerbiaSwitzerlandSlovakiaSwedenTurkeyUkraine
 
EnglandScotland
Other EHF Sites 

17.05.2017, 11:00
Dominant Sporting aim to take final step to glory
«Go back »Print Version


FEATURE: Hugo Canela is aiming to lead Sporting to their second Challenge Cup trophy against Romanian side AHC Potaissa Turda.
 

Dominant Sporting aim to take final step to glory

Sporting CP have been dominant against every team they have faced so far in this seasons Men's Challenge Cup. Their smallest aggegrate victory in the competition has been by 14 goals.

Their final step in this competition begins this Saturday, with Hugo Canela’s team needing to defeat AHC Potaissa Turda in a two-legged final to have the happy ending they crave.

Both legs of the Challenge Cup final will be on ehfTV.

"The two final games will be of hugely difficult, especially with playing the second leg in Romania," Hugo Canela starts by saying.

(Image by Sporting CP)

"I've had the opportunity to watch Potaissa Turda play, and their defensive aggressiveness is one of their strong characteristics," explains the coach, adding that the Romanian team also has "really good extremes" and "a goalkeeper that helps the team a lot".

Sporting need to get the best result possible in the first leg, as they know that Potaissa Turda will have a raucous crowd cheering them on in Romania.

First experience as head coach

After the departure of Zupo Equisoain as coach of the Portuguese team in February, Hugo Canela took the reigns. This is the first time that the 37-year-old former Sporting player has assumed a position of head coach.

"As a player you can run and fight and release the tension physically, but as a coach this is not possible. I think I suffer a lot more as a coach," says Canela.

Canela is motivated to be part of the club's history and is happy to have the opportunity, but admits that he has faced many challenges - most of all a lack of time to prepare due to a busy playing schedule.

"Since I took on this challenge we have played 15 games in two months, and the need to prepare for games does not leave much time to work some things out. We choose the priorities and attack these aspects, without 'ifs' or 'buts'."

Since February, Canela changed some group dynamics and tried to improve the speed and aggressiveness of Sporting's game. Now Hugo Canela can win a second Challenge Cup for Sporting, who lifted the trophy in the 2009/10 season.

"Being able to put Sporting in the European history books again would be of immense pride and joy. It would be something we would like to give to our fans, who follow us relentlessly."

Sporting's appearance in the final continues a fine tradition for Portuguese teams in the Men's Challenge Cup, with this being the third consecutive year that at least one team from Portugal has reached the final.

Last season the final was an all-Portuguese affair between SL Benfica and ABC/Uminho, and in 2014/15 the latter reached the final but lost to Romanian side Odorhei.

"Portugal is winning its space in European handball and we will fight very hard to show our quality," adds the coach.


TEXT: Filipa Sousa / ap
 
Share
CONTACT FORM