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Crvena Zvezda-Real Madrid: Back to the place where la Décima was won

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NEWS | 07/11/2019 | Nacho Díaz

The Whites head to the Stark Arena, Belgrade in search of their first away win (7:00pm CET).
The Stark Arena and the city of Belgrade will always be in the memories of Real Madrid fans. On the 20th May 2018, the most decorated team in Europe won their tenth European Cup after beating Fenerbahçe. Today the Whites return to the very same spot as Crvena Zvezda make their Euroleague return following last season's absence. The last time they met, at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, it was a 79-82 win thanks to a spectacular three from Doncic at the buzzer.

Good dynamic
This is an ideal place to get the first win away from the WiZink Center which has eluded Laso and his team in the Euroleague thus far. Both Real Madrid and Crvena Zvezda got a win in the last game, both as the home side: the Whites beat Alba Berlin and the Serbian side beat Khimki. Both sides are going through a good dynamic.

The madridistas won the last time these two teams met.

If they want to win, they need as few turnovers as possible (14 on average) and will need to assert their rhythm on the game, as is so typical of Laso's side. Randolph is the top scorer (12.7 points) and he is joined by Garuba, who netted 24 against both Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin.

Atmosphere plays a role
Crvena Zvezda will be backed by the Stark Arena which will be in a frenzy well before the game starts. The side's two wins so far have come at home: against Fenerbahçe and Khimki. Gavrilovic is relying on the American stars Lorenzo Brown and Baron. Offensive flair comes in the shape of two veterans: Perperoglou (11.7) and Gist (10.3).

On the other hand, the Serbian side really struggle with turnovers (averaging 15.3, the worst record in Euroleague in this aspect), this could see the Whites get their first win away from home, as they go toe-to-toe with ex-madridista Kuzmic.