CSKA is here: desire to rematch against Real Madrid

A year later, the Moscow side meet again with Madrid in the semifinals. They do after beating the Baskonia in the quarterfinals (3-1).


The Russian block led by Dimitris Itoudis got the pass to the Final Four after beating 3-1 KirolBet Baskonia, a team that came to prevail in one of the clashes played in Moscow. In this way, CSKA repeats his appointment of semifinals last year, and returns to do before Real Madrid, who ended up falling by 83-92. Nor was he able to beat Zalgiris Kaunas in his match for third and fourth place: the Lithuanians won by 77-79.

CSKA Moscow: in search of the European title three years later

Berlin was the city that saw, in May 2016, as CSKA managed to raise its last Euroleague to heaven. He did it after beating Fenerbahçe in one of the finals scoring most remembered in the competition (96-101). In that clash was the recital of the Serbian Milos Teodosic and the French Nando de Colo, who signed 19 and 22 points respectively with the 7 assists distributed by each one. On this occasion, and leaving history behind, the Muscovites come to these semifinals without outstanding casualties. They do it after being second in the Euroleague regular season, ahead of Real Madrid, and eliminating in the quarter a Baskonia fighter, team that faced the eliminatory with extra motivation to play the Final Four in his city. Now the all-powerful Russian will seek revenge on the white team to dispute the final assault for the title.

The star: Nando de Colo

The French base was decisive in the clashes played in Vitoria, which definitely decided the tie. The CSKA star scored 55 points (28 and 27) in the third and fourth games of the series to put his team in the Final Four. His average in the regular season has been 14 points and 15.3 of valuation but, like all the great players, is showing his best version in the postseason eliminatory. To maintain this level, would make things very difficult for Real Madrid.



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