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Preview. Zenit at Real Madrid

3 February 2022
Preview. Zenit at Real Madrid

On February 4 Zenit St.Petersburg led by Xavi Pascual will play on the road against top-ranked Euroleague powerhouse Real Madrid. This battle seems to be special not only for Jordan Mickey who is coming back to the Spanish capital, as for both Xavi Pascual and Pablo Laso, as they have been regularly facing each other since 2008.

Opposition 

Real’s forces in the Euroleague

Points
12.9 – Guerschon Yabusele (France, forward, 204 cm)

Rebounds
7.5 – Walter Tawares (Cabo Verde, center, 220 cm)

Assists
4.9 – Thomas Heurtel (France, guard, 189 cm)

Steals
1.3 – Guerschon Yabusele (France, forward, 204 cm)

Zenit’s forces in the Euroleague

Points
13.4 – Jordan Loyd (USA, guard, 193 cm)

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

Assists
3.9 – Jordan Loyd (USA, guard, 193 cm)

Steals
0.9 – Jordan Loyd (USA, guard, 193 cm)

Quote

BC Zenit Head Coach Xavi Pascual:

We are going to play against the leader team of the competition, is the best team right now with only 3 losses and won all the games in their home, that means it’s gonna be a very difficult and demanding game for us. Despite the fact of the quality Real Madrid have in the roster and coaching staff, we must play at our highest level of concentration and efficiency so to persuade our possibilities to win.

BC Zenit Guard Dmitry Kulagin:

Real Madrid currently tops the standings for a reason. The team has a wide rotation and shows high-quality basketball. We are focused on winning and want to improve our game day by day. I believe that the key to success will be our concentration from the first to the last minute, the precise implementation of the plan in defense, and a balanced offensive game.