Madrid, broken by five places

Five injuries, affecting all positions, put Real Madrid in check. Randolph, Rudy, Llull, Taylor and now Trey.

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Real Madrid has not only lost the first title of the year (the first of the season, the Endesa SuperCopa, it did tie it up), but the trail that 2021 is leaving in the form of injuries is impressive. The club has a long squad and only that is saving it, but the calendar is strangling and the whites are one of the most affected.

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The serious injury of Anthony Randolph and the departure of Facu Campazzo in the last strip of 2020 forced Madrid to move in the market. Alex Tyus arrived, with whom they had already spoken in the summer, but no one else. The economy does not allow frills. The idea of the club is to pass this campaign as it is. Sarunas Jasikevicius' new Barça is on the prowl and has already jumped to the jugular once, in the Copa del Rey, waiting to be able to do it also in the other two competitions that remain.

The one who has the least is Jeffery Taylor, who has been out since before the cup tournament. Rudy Fernández is also missing from the forward position, whose blow to the back worries the club. Sergio Llull has had a knee surgery and the base and guard positions are unprotected without him. And the power forward is left in charge of Usman Garuba and Felipe Reyes in really adverse circumstances, since the usual two are missing: Anthony Randolph, out all season, and Trey Thompkins, with an ankle injury that occurred this weekend. The danger is real. So far Laso's have controlled these disruptions well. Alberto Abalde or Carlos Alocén are among those who have taken a step forward in addition to Walter Tavares, who is undoubtedly in the best moment of his career, but there are fewer and fewer resources.

You may have to really resort to the quarry at least in the less important games. Tristan Vukcevic already has his head in the squad and Matteo Spagnolo, who has played the FIBA Windows with Italy, seems ready to give a relief in the outer zone.

Complicated itinerary for Real Madrid

Before Zalgiris they solved a complicated ballot in the Euroleague, but the Russian tour against Khimki and Zenit seemed easier and now, with a double day this week, it is another litmus test. After that, Barça and CSKA to make it even more complicated. In the European competition, not only being seeded is at stake, but also qualifying for the qualifying rounds: there are two teams outside the top eight that are only two victories behind the Madrilenians.

In the Endesa League, the real concern is that Barcelona can come back and lead in the remainder of the campaign, thinking about a possible confrontation in the final and the field advantage that could have an effect if the fans return to the fields in the next months. Canarias and Baskonia, the other teams that stalk Real Madrid in the standings.



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