Madrid has a Tourmalet left

The white team lost to Khimki and their qualification for the quarterfinals is complicated. There are seven days left to close the regular phase.


Madrid is left without a support network in the Euroleague after the hard setback against Khimki, last classified and who came to the duel with only two wins out of 24 possible. They had not won since November 17 against Zenit and had 16 consecutive defeats.

With seven games to go to the end of the regular season, they are in seventh place in the standings (the first eight go to fourth place) with 16 wins in 27 games. They are one less than Bayern (4th) and the same as Anadolu Efes (5th with one game less) and Zenit (6th and one game postponed). And one more than a launched Fenerbahçe (8th) and Zalgiris (9th). Valencia Basket and TD Systemas Baskonia have 15 and 14, respectively.

A dangerous scenario reminiscent of the beginning of the season, when he started with just one win in five games and seemed resolved with the 11-1 that followed. The streak now is six defeats in ten games with a constant problem in the infirmary: Anthony Randolph will be out for the remainder of the season and Rudy Fernández and Sergio Llull do not have a fixed date of return. The first has back problems (something recurrent) and the second had a knee arthroscopy and will not return for a few weeks. Against Khimki, Jeff Taylor reappeared and Carlos Alocen was able to play despite a sprain. That same ailment left Trey Thompkins out.

The Tourmalet

Important absences that are accentuated by seeing the calendar that remains for Madrid ahead. A real Tourmalet. The duel this Thursday against Xavi Pascual's Zenit is followed by, attention, Barça, CSKA and Efes in the Palace, and Fenerbahçe, out. Against the Turks the competition closes. Between giant and giant, the unpredictable Asvel and Olympiacos.

Since the system of all against all was established in 2016, there has been a minimum figure on the horizon to reach the quarters: 50% of victories. In two of the first three Euroleague with the current format, the eighth finished the regular phase with 53.3%. Only in 2018-19 was 50% enough. Madrid is 16-11. Done, right? No. The trick that puts these accounts on hold is that in those three seasons, there were only 16 teams and since last year (incomplete by COVID) there are 18, which makes everything more enigmatic in the most even tournament in recent years. five years.

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