Real Madrid’s season, convulsed like few others in the last decade, will largely be defined in the next four days. The team led by Pablo Laso faces Fenerbahçe on the last day of the regular phase of the Euroleague, where they need a victory to secure the playoffs, and on Sunday, their eternal rival, Barcelona, incessant pursuer of the whites in the domestic championship. To further magnify the company, it is likely that Pau Gasol, a legend of the culé team, made his debut in the ACB again 20 years after his march to the United States and against the whites. Two challenges at the height of the most dominant basketball in recent years, but that catch the team with significant losses and without margin for error.
Laso is calm, or at least that is what the coach transmitted in the previous match against Fenerbahçe (19.45 hours, DAZN). Madrid need a victory against the Turks to not depend on anyone and get into the playoffs. But, if they lose, they will be held hostage by Zenit Saint Petersburg, who play Maccabi tomorrow and Panathinaikos on Monday. If the Russians were to win in one of the two games, they would condemn the Whites to their first Euroleague season without entering the playoffs.
“It is a very difficult and complicated course against a team that is already qualified and that has had a magnificent second round. Relying on ourselves speaks highly of work carried out by the team, although logically we would have liked to be already classified ”, explained Laso yesterday. Such is the importance of the game that the coach from Vitoria has included Sergio Llull on the list, who has not played for a month and a half due to injury. Only Anthony Randolph (absent since January) and Tristan Vukcevic, who will watch the game from Madrid, will be safe.
On Sunday, Real Madrid will visit the second act of their destiny in this campaign against an entire Barcelona in their Palau, in which the Catalans presented Pau Gasol two weeks ago. The Catalans are the envy of Europe, with the first place in the Euroleague already secured and with 28 wins in the last 31 games in all competitions. However, in the ACB, Madrid, despite the losses and doubts, has maintained the leadership with only one defeat in 28 days. A remarkable exercise of endurance that Laso’s men hope to prolong in their most decisive hours.