Occasion for Barça to regain its level against Khimki

Those of Svetilav Pesic want to turn the page of their hard defeat of the last day against CSKA Moscow (67-96) and return to give the image of previous days.

After the severe corrective of last Friday at the Palau against CSKA Moscow (67-96), which cost him the first defeat of the season on his track and the loss of the Euroleague leadership, FC Barcelona faces an opportunity to recover today on the track of the Khimki in Moscow, a rival that will not make things easy for him.

Svetislav Pesic fit the tough defeat against CSKA with diplomacy and recalled that, "We have been fighting for two months with many physical problems, and when you have to play so many games that is not an excuse but a reality. One thing is the illusion and another the reality ".

And that reality is that Heurtel, Pangos and Claver are still in the dry dock and Pau Ribas is finding his form after his long injury. Twenty-two meetings in just two months has worn down the squad and last Friday it was reflected on the track. Tomorrow is a good opportunity to return to the line of play that has remained in those two months in trying to regain the leadership.

Sunday's victory against Iberostar Tenerife in Endesa League (103-71), which led him to the coliderato of the competition with Real Madrid is a good starting point for that return to the game that the team has evidenced during this first stretch of the season

The Khimki of Moscow, commanding the legendary Rhymes Kurtinaitis, has also had a complicated calendar. So far he has been seven games off his track and only four in it. Add six wins and five losses and is eighth in the table

The encounter against Barcelona represents the return to its track, the Mytishchi Arena, 5 km from Moscow, where it has not played in Euroleague since last October 29. There he has not lost a single match this season and arrives at tomorrow's clash after losing his last three games away from Moscow in a row.

Unbeaten leader of the Russian league after nine days, Khimki rolled up Novgorod at home on Monday (87-113) in the return of his 'star' Alexey Shved to the competition after not having played on the last day of Eutoliga.

With 23 points and seven assists in just 23 minutes, Shved proved to be in great shape, as did centerman Jeremy Evans (21 points) as well as Devin Booker and Dainis Bertrans, both with 16,

Shved, with 19.3 points on average, is the third leading scorer of the Euroleague and Latvian forward Janis Timma, the second 'gunner' (14.4 points) of the team. The aforementioned Devin Booker, a key piece for Kurtinaitis, contributes 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, while another of the Americans, Anthony Gill, with 10.3 points on average, is the highest rebounder (5.6 captures) .

The doubt of the Lithuanian Khimki coach is that of Serbian base Stefan Jovic, who did not play in the Russian league match due to back problems, but hopes to have him tomorrow.

As for the statistical numbers, Khimki is somewhat higher than Barcelona in offensive average (84.7 points) compared to 82.8 of the Catalans, but in defense, Barça, the second best in the competition (76.4 embedded points), is far superior to the Russian squad that, with 85.5 points received, is the penultimate of the Euroleague.

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