Djordjevic returns to Madrid under the command of another candidate
MADRID, 20 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Serbian coach Sasa Djordjevic will return to Madrid this Thursday (9:00 p.m.), where he lived moments of glory as a player, under the command of another of the great contenders for the European title, Fenerbahce, on this fifth day of the Euroleague.
A hero in the historic ACB League that Real Madrid conquered 21 years ago at the Palau Blaugrana, Djordjevic has been directing the Turkish team since this summer to replace Igor Kokoskov and has the clear mission of aspiring to the throne of the highest continental competition, that the ‘ Fener ‘conquered in 2018.
So far, they have been solid at home with wins against Red Star and Unics Kazan, but very vulnerable at home, succumbing to Panathinaikos and Alba Berlin. Real Madrid hopes to take advantage of this trend, insurmountable in its fiefdom, where Efes, Monaco and Panatinhaikos himself have already fallen.
Before facing a series of three European duels away from Spain (Zenit, Unics and Bayern), the team trained by Pablo Laso wants to consolidate its strength at home with the loss of Sergio Llull, who joins Trey Thompkinks and Anthony in the infirmary. Randolph for a shoulder problem. In return, Adam Hanga returns, who did not travel to Lugo as a precaution and is already recovered from his knee discomfort.
As for his rival, he has the only loss of Danilo Barthel, but he does arrive with Jan Vesely and Devon Booker, one of the few interior duos that can balance forces with the Tavares-Poirier tandem. In addition, Nando de Colo continues to lead the team and two good connoisseurs of Spanish basketball are in the process of adaptation, the ex-Baskonistas Pierria Henry and Achille Polonara.
As for the precedents, Real Madrid accumulates five consecutive victories against Fenerbahce and seems to have taken the measure of one of the new ‘classics’ of European basketball. In the same way, he also clearly dominates the general balance (20-9), especially in the duels in Madrid (10-2).
REAL MADRID: Heurtel, Causeur, Hanga, Yabusele and Tavares –possible initial quintet–; Williams-Goss, Poirier, Taylor, Rudy Fernández, Abalde, Alocén and Vukcevic.
FENERBAHCE: Henry, Shayok, Biberovic, Booker and Vesely -possible starting five-; De Colo, Polonara, Pierre, Guduric, Hazer, Duverioglu and Mahmutoglu.
– REFEREES: Javor, Panther and Nedovic.
– PAVILION: WiZink Center.