Valencia Basket and La Fonteta examine the improvement of Real Madrid

Valencia Basket and La Fonteta examine the improvement of Real Madrid


Real Madrid will have a hard test to see if they are achieving good regularity in their game and in their results on Tuesday’s visit to La Fonteta (8:30 p.m.), where they will meet on matchday nine of the Euroleague Regular Phase 2022-2023 to a Valencia Basket that arrives wanting to make up for it.

After a good start, a period of doubts came to the Real Madrid team that, little by little, seems to have been recovering its course despite a setback in the Endesa League against Casademont Zaragoza. That defeat at home is the only blemish in the last five games, since the rest have been settled with victories and some important ones.

Thus, in this good run they have managed to improve their balance in the top continental competition thanks to the victories on the field of the Italian Armani Milano and the two at the WiZink Center against the Turkish Anadolu Efes, current champion, and the German ALBA Berlin. This past Sunday, they overwhelmed UCAM Murcia 93-57 at home in the domestic tournament.

The news about its rival is not so positive, a Valencia Basket that arrives at this always important and demanding Euroleague doubleheader after two clear defeats in a row, especially in Bologna against Virtus where they lost 30 (89-59), already the one that accompanied the one suffered over the weekend in the Endesa League in another difficult visit to Tenerife (94-78).

These two setbacks somewhat tarnished the competitive image that the new ‘taronja’ project led by Alex Mumbrú is leaving behind and which in Europe has already had victories of merit against rivals such as Efes or Olympiacos, as well as against AS Monaco in the last clash in a Fonteta where Real Madrid have fallen on their last two European visits.

Valencia Basket will want to recover that character that has not appeared in recent days and which will be promoted by its lively stands in search of stopping the ten-time European champion who seems to have hit not only with his usual offensive rhythm, thanks to collective growth, but also in The defense is going through a solid moment and no longer depends only on the intimidation of Walter Tavares, although the scoring ability of the Valencian team with Chris Jones, Jared Harper and Bojan Dubljevic will require them not to have mistakes during the 40 minutes.

Alex Mumbrú has no relevant casualties, while Chus Mateo recovers the French forward Fabien Causeur and hopes that Nigel Williams-Goss will pick up more and more rhythm after returning to the courts last Thursday. Guerschon Yabusele, Adam Hanga and Rudy Fernández will continue to be the main casualties on the visiting side.



VALENCIA BASKET: Jones, Prepelic, Puerto, Dubljevic and Rivero –possible starting five– Webb III, Alexander, Harper, Claver, Radebaugh, Pradilla, López-Arostegui and Van Rossom.

REAL MADRID: Williams-Goss, Deck, Musa, Cornelie and Tavares — possible starting quintet — Sergio Rodriguez, Abalde, Llull, Hezonja, Poirier, Causeur and Ndiaye.

–REFEREES: Lottermoser, Foufis and Rossi.

–PAVILION: The Fountain of San Luis.

–TIME: 20.30/DAZN.