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Euroleague. Zenit vs Barcelona. Preview

24 February 2022
Euroleague. Zenit vs Barcelona. Preview

On February 25, Zenit will fight on the home floor of the SIBUR Arena against the Euroleague powerhouse Barcelona.

After the victory over Real Madrid, the Spanish Barca came out on top in the Euroleague standings, beating the same Madrid.

The Blue Garnet defeated our team with the maximum difference this season (-26). This factor and incredible density make this game the most important for our team from many points of view.

Opposition

Barcelona forces in the Euroleague

Points
16.8 – Nikola Mirotic (Spain, Forward, 208 cm)

Rebounds
5.4 – Nikola Mirotic (Spain, Forward, 208 cm)

Assists
3.3 – Nicolas Laprovittola (Argentina, Forward, 190 cm)

Steals
1.2 – Nick Calathes (Greece, Guard, 196 cm)

Zenit forces in the Euroleague

Points
13.2 – Jordan Loyd (USA, Guard, 193 сm)

Rebounds
5.2 – Mateusz Ponitka (Poland, Forward, 198 cm)

Assists
3.9 – Jordan Loyd (USA, Guard, 193 сm)

Steals
1.0 – Jordan Loyd (USA, Guard, 193 сm)

Quote

Zenit BC Head Coach Xavier Pascual:

We know that Barcelona is the best team in Europe at the moment. They showed it in the Copa del Rey, which they won, and prove it with their place in the Euroleague standings. To win tomorrow, we have to play almost perfectly, and they don’t. We will be playing against a team that has everything: great physics, quality passing, accurate shooting, various game options and a great coach. It will be one of our most difficult games, but at the same time, I would like the SIBUR Arena to be full of spectators to enjoy the best basketball in Europe.

Zenit BC Forward Jordan Mickey:

Of course, we missed you. We have not played at home for a long time and we will be glad to see our fans. We approach each game with our own plan, but one thing remains unchanged – to play hard and play defense. They have a lot of strong players. No one will single out just one. Everyone plays well at both ends of the court. They know how to do everything in basketball. We need to play confidently and with the right mentality and withstand the first attacks.