After a three-week break due to the dispute in the Copa del Rey and the FIBA selection window, the Endesa League come back for Barça Y Joventut, who meet this afternoon (6.30 pm) in Badalona in a match that each team faces from a very different perspective. The Catalans need victory to forget the friday stumble on Euroleague before el ASVEL Villeu
rbanne (69-76) and to maintain their aspirations to unseat the Real Madrid, which yesterday beat San Pablo, from the first position of the classification. On the contrary, the green and black, seventh (12-9) with an advantage victory over their two immediate pursuers and two less disputed games, come to the duel much less pressured and with the feeling, as their coach said yesterday Carles duran, of “having a lot to gain and little to lose.”
For him Barça It is a priority to recover the good dynamics that he had in 2021 until Friday’s game, with 15 wins in 16 games. The ASVEL, who had already beaten the Catalans in the match of the first round on their court (80-68), again showed the way to overcome those of Jasikevicius, which is none other than imposing a very high physical bar, setting the pace of the game and defending to the limit.
These don’t seem like the best weapons in the world. Joventut, a team with a lot of talent but on paper much less physical than the Barça, what for Last “It is right now the best team in Europe.” The forward thinks the same Xabi López-Arostegui, for whom if they want to have options to victory they will have to “match the very high physical level” that the Barça team tries to impose.
The Barça He clearly prevailed a little over two months ago in the first round match played at the Palau (88-74), but he expects a much more difficult match now in Badalona. “This is an important game for us, we must take it very seriously, especially coming from a defeat,” he pointed out yesterday. Brandon davies, the best before him ASVEL with 22 points and 29 valuation.
The Penya can arrive more rested because she has not played for 18 days, when she fell in the quarterfinals of the Cup against him Baskonia, Meanwhile he Barça yes he has had two Euroleague games in the last ten days, the last one on Friday. Nevertheless, Jasikevicius considered after Friday’s defeat that this slower pace of matches did not particularly help his team against him. ASVEL. The Lithuanian coach, who had given his players four days off, pointed out that “it was a well-deserved rest but we have to understand that we have to do our best again. We have lost some rhythm ”.
It will be necessary to see if the two teams go with everything or dose their players before the complicated week ahead. Barça has a double Euroleague matchday (Panathinaikos Y Baskonia) while Joventut should be measured at Unicaja within the Top 16 of the Eurocup.