Monday, December 11, 2023

The ‘playoffs’ of the Euroleague: Obradovic’s Partizan threatens Madrid

The Euroleague enters its decisive phase. He Madrid and Partizan The quarterfinal playoffs will open this Tuesday at the Wizink Center, leaving the names of the four teams that will enter the Kaunas final four (19 to 21 May). The turn for the barca will arrive this Wednesday with the visit of the Zalgiris Kaunas to the Palau Blaugrana in a best-of-five-match qualifier.

“Everyone understands that this is possibly the toughest and most demanding time of the year, so I hope that we empty ourselves in each game, give our best and be united because there will be difficult moments”, remarked the white coach Chus Mateo this Monday at a press conference.

The experience and talent of Zeljko Obradovic63 years old, the coach of the Partizan, who has nine European titles to his credit, is an additional threat to the white team, with whom they also lifted the European Cup. “I’ve seen him train since I was little and I’ve even met him here when he was in the academy and he won the European Cup with Real Madrid in 1995. But in the end, it’s about the team playing well, there being no doubts and that all the world is to a. The players are the protagonists”, affirmed Mateo.

Matthew did not want to argue with the wear and tear of his team, which had to play on Sunday in the League against youth, while his rival played last Friday. “The team is well and prepared, recovered from the effort we made against Joventut, and that is what gives me confidence. The team is physically recovered and they are all one hundred percent”, remarked the white coach, who knows that one of the keys for Partizan will be to stop the impact of Walter Tavares. “We know how important he is to the team and it’s clear where the attacks from the opponent are going to go many times. He gives us all a lot of confidence, he always works well and he’s going to give his best. He’s a decisive player,” he said. he.

Subscriptions for the ‘final four’

Barça, on the other hand, put the season tickets for the ‘final four’ on sale this Monday. The club explained in a statement that it makes this decision due to the short time frame to sell these season tickets, 500 in different areas of the Zalgirio Arena.

“In the event that Saras’ team does not qualify for the final four, that money will be returned to all buyers. The club has made the decision before the quarterfinal match against the Zalgiris Kaunas due to the proximity between a possible fifth game of the tie and the same ‘final four’, with only a week to spare”, says Barça. “In no case does the club take the classification for granted, but the short time sale after possible qualification could be a grievance to their fans,” he adds.

The quarter crossings

Tuesday, 25: Monaco-Maccabi (20.15); Madrid-Partizan (20.45)

Wednesday, 26: Barça Zalgiris (20) and Olympiacos-Fenerbahçe (20.45)


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