Madrid takes oxygen

The victory against Zénit is not final, but it amends the setback against Khimki. Returning from Russia with a victory and a defeat was what was foreseeable.

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Russia has been about to freeze Real Madrid, but has finally come out of the cold alive. A torrent of injuries, which raised the infirmary to five players last weekend, and an irregular progression in the last ten games, of which only half had won, had placed the white team in a delicate situation to face this European double day in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Inside the bad, at least he was going to play one of those two games against the worst team of the tournament, which chained 17 losses and had not won since November 17. An opportunity to breathe. But Madrid unexpectedly lost to Khimki on Tuesday and got into deep trouble to qualify for the top eight and make the Euroleague playoffs. The table is very even in this final stretch. And the schedule is tough. Thursday's clash against Xavi Pascual's Zénit, a direct rival, was key. Another defeat compromised the passport a lot in the absence of six days. But Madrid won. With suffering, but won. An oxygen cylinder.

The victory against Zénit is not final, there is still a long way to go, but it amends the setback against Khimki. Returning from Russia with a victory and a defeat was what was foreseeable. Now there are six games to go, of which Madrid will have to win two, although perhaps there should be three. The long final sprint features two special category ports in the first half, Barça and CSKA, the two strongest in this Euroleague. And then four rivals of different fur: Villeurbanne, Efes, Olympiacos and Fenerbahçe. It is possible that the classification, in which Baskonia and Valencia are also involved, will not be decided until the last day, on April 8 and 9. And everything indicates that each duel will be an agony, as it already happened this Thursday to Madrid, which entered the last quarter six points below. It is still necessary to suffer.



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