Euroleague. Zenit – Anadolu Efes. Preview
On January 27 at 20.00, Zenit will face up against defending Champion Anadolu Efes in Euroleague r.23 at the SIBUR Arena.
At the start of the season, Ergin Ataman’s squad got only two victories in eight games, but then fixed the statistics and now they are already in the top eight with 10-10 record.
Efes forces in the Euroleague
16.6 – Vasile Mitsic (Serbia, defender, 196 cm)
5.3 – Adrien Morman (France, forward, 202 cm)
5.0 – Shane Larkin (USA, defender, 182 cm)
1.4 – Shane Larkin (USA, defender, 182 cm)
Zenit forces in the Euroleague
13.3 – Jordan Loyd (USA, defender, 193 cm)
5.2 – Mateusz Ponitka (Poland, forward, 198 cm)
3.7 – Jordan Loyd (USA, defender, 193 cm)
0.9 – Jordan Loyd (USA, defender, 193 cm)
BC Zenit Head Coach Xavi Pascual:
First of all, I want to invite all fans to the game. Not only because we need their support, but also because they will be able to enjoy the game of last season’s Euroleague champion. They have retained almost last year’s roster and continue to play fantastic in the attack. They still have the same coach who knows his team perfectly and controls the game. They have great creators, pull-up shooters, know to play close-outs and short rolls. I think it will be a great game for all the fans. When we play against such a team, we have to play perfectly: control the rhythm, look for turnovers, play good defense and pick up rebounds. If we do everything right, then we have chances to win.
BC Zenit forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas:
I don’t think we need to look back to the past, we need to look to the future. Tomorrow is another game, and I can’t say that this year we play away games better than home ones. We need to be focused on tomorrow’s game and not pay attention to the past. I’m not sure that the team has fully recovered, but the game VS CSKA was great for us, VS Avtodor as well, and VS AS Monaco we didn’t show the level that we should have. I think All the Euroleague teams have suffered from this situation, so we need to focus on the future. To win, we need to pay attention, first of all, to defense. Good defense allows Us to play well in fast breaks. We need to stop their runs because sometimes Anadolu Efes loses 15 points, but after 2 minutes they recover because they have a lot of great players.