Xavi Pascual examines Barça

The former Barça coach directs a surprising Zenit who was already able to beat Jasikevicius's men in the match played in Saint Petersburg.


Barça has a height test today (21:00) against Xavi Pascual's Zenit de San Petesburgo. The one who was coach of Barça between 2008 and 2016 (achieving the second Euroleague of the club) directs one of the most powerful teams on the continent (third in Europe and leader in Russia) that arrives in Barcelona (follow the game live on AS.com ) with the goal that no one has achieved so far: defeat Barça in 2021.

Jasikevicius's men are in splendid form, with a winning streak and having placed leaders in the Euroleague. In addition, they have already recovered Mirotic and Davies and on Sunday they swept Acunsa GBC off the track in the domestic competition. Against Zenit they will try to add the fifth consecutive victory in the Euroleague, something that will not be easy: in Saint Petersburg, in October, Zenit defeated Barça 74-70 in a disputed match between the two teams.

Despite being third in the Euroleague, Zenit has the same defeats as Barça (six) and that is because the Russian team was practically a month without competing due to a Covid outbreak in the squad. His coach, Xavi Pascual, explained it this way to EFE: "He caught us well. Of the almost 30 people that make up the team, some 25-26 have passed the virus. It was complicated. Each one passes the pandemic in a different way. more fever, others with more symptoms, others with less. Players come to training sessions in totally different ways, "he commented.

On a purely sporting level, the key to the match will surely be in defense, as the two best clubs in Europe are measured in that regard. The Barça exterior shot, very successful in the last games, can decide the match. Kevin Pangos, who wore the last two Barça campaigns, returns to the Palau.

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