Real Madrid wants to forget its last European pain
The whites visit a ‘touched’ Bayern with the aim of leaving behind the defeat with a painful end in the last day and continue on top
MADRID, Dec. 12 (.) –
Real Madrid visits Bayern this Tuesday (8:30 p.m.) on matchday 13 of the regular phase of the Euroleague, a duel in which the whites will want to forget their last and painful European defeat and follow the trail of the top positions, while that the German team arrives ‘touched’ after falling resoundingly against Baskonia and they will entrust themselves to their fiefdom to heal their wound.
Chus Mateo’s team suffered a cruel end in the last Euroleague game against AS Monaco, after an unfortunate last action by center Walter Tavares, the best of the whites on that day. The Cape Verdean fouled Mike James on the triple in a game they were winning 88-84 with less than seven seconds to go. The talented player from the French team did not miss, nor did the free kick, forcing an extension that would fall on the visiting side.
This painful defeat broke a positive dynamic of six games without losing in the Euroleague and left a team that saw, once again, how a very controlled game in the final moments slipped through its fingers due to a serious mistake of its own. After losing to a direct rival at the top, Real Madrid is now fourth in the table, with a record of 8-4.
However, the Whites got even this weekend with a crushing victory against bottom club BAXI Manresa (103-89), thanks to the leadership of Vincent Poirier (15) and Dzanan Musa (19), with a PIR of 26 each. Mateo’s men were able to gauge his offensive capacity, somewhat stuck and not very fluid against AS Monaco, already with the “very demanding” match against Bayern on the horizon.
“Bayern have players who have been playing together for some time. They are good one-on-one, the outsiders shoot three points well with the ability to score a lot and they rebound really well in attack. They play at home and we must be prepared and play a game serious”, analyzed the coach of the white team in the previous press conference.
On the physical front, the Real Madrid coach recovers Tavares, who was out against BAXI Manresa due to an overload. Same diagnosis as the Argentine Gabriel Deck, who will not be against the Germans to avoid taking risks, joining the casualties of Adam Hanga and Rudy Fernández, also due to injury.
ONLY THREE DEFEATS BEFORE THE GERMANS
The balance of direct duels is very positive for Real Madrid, with eight wins in eleven official matches, to three victories for the Germans. The last face-to-face fell to the Bavarians (88-97), while in the last five meetings between the two teams, the white team has celebrated three victories.
Bayern receives Real Madrid immersed in a small crisis that began with the blow suffered in Vitoria, when Baskonia passed over them on the last day of the Euroleague (78-53). Only Andreas Obst (12) and Cassius Winston (10) surpassed ten points in a very poor defensive match for the Germans, weighed down by casualties and who suffered their second consecutive defeat (78-68) at the home of leader Bonn in the domestic championship.
In the Euroleague, Bayern is fourteenth with a 4-8 record, as the third worst local with only two wins in six games. One of the duels of the duel will be in the paint, with two giants like Freddie Gillespie, leader in rebounds against Baskonia (12), and Tavares, in a game in which Andrea Trinchieri’s men will want to recover from their last blows and rejoin the half of the classification
BAYERN: Winston, Giffey, Harris, Wimberg and Gillespie –possible starting five–; Bonga, Jamaraz, Obst, Hunter, Walden, Weiler-Babb, and Zipser.
REAL MADRID: Williams-Goss, Causeur, Musa, Cornelie and Tavares — possible starting five–; Sergio Rodríguez, Llull, Yabusele, Abalde, Hezonja, Poirier and Ndiaye.
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