Agonizing sprint for Madrid

Real visit Zenit de Pascual in a very direct duel to get into the quarterfinals. The calendar, a challenge. You have to add 3 or 4 victories in 7 days.

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Al Madrid has an agonizing sprint left, like Valencia and Baskonia, for trying to get among the top eight who will play the playoff prior to the Final Four. He has not stopped doing it, by the way, since 2012, in Laso's first season, when he stumbled in a group with Montepaschi Siena and Bilbao Basket. The unexpected setback on the Khimki court, which came from 17 consecutive defeats, brings to light a little more staff limitations aggravated by injuries (Llull and Rudy are still out and Thompkins remains in doubt) and greatly complicates the go to quarters. In the Mytishchi Arena he had only lost the Red Star.

The whites are missing many things, first direction and an outside reference, and then a relief from Tavares and a substitute for Randolph, in addition to good planning so as not to dismount with the quotas and run out of a solid base of training players. And he lacks at least three victories, maybe four, in the seven days that remain to be inside (then already, the magnitude of the crossing and the home court factor without an audience, or with few fans, will be another matter). His next three games (today Zenit, in a very direct duel on their fourth day in a row in Russian lands; next Thursday 11 Barcelona and 18 CSKA, both at the Palace and still with casualties) may be decisive.19 or 20 wins

If he doesn't scratch any wins in those three games, he could reach the last four days with the obligation of having to win it all: Asvel Villeurbanne in France, the grown Anadolu Efes from Larkin and Micic and Olympiacos at the WiZink Center , and in the final challenge, to Fenerbahçe in Istanbul.

It is clear, they should have beaten Khimki on Tuesday, but lost to an opponent in ruins on the last play and by one point (78-77). Beating Xavi Pascual's Zenit today, the revelation of the course, could compensate in part. Fenerbahçe's victory yesterday in Milan leaves six teams in the table, from third to eighth, separated by a single victory. The tightest ruffle in memory.

"Pangos is the beacon of a solid block"

Zenit de San Petersburgo, directed by Xavi Pascual, is the great revelation of the season. Fifth in the Euroleague with the same 16 victories as Madrid (and one game less) despite suffering a coronavirus outbreak that had him a month without competing. In addition, he is the leader of the Russian VTB. Rivers and Gudaitis are doubtful and Thompkins also at Real. "Pangos is the beacon of a very solid block with great shooters," says Laso.



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