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Olimpia Milan-Real Madrid: going for the second win of the week

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NEWS | 16/10/2020 | Edu Bueno

After beating Khimki on Wednesday, the Whites close out the Euroleague double-header with a visit to Italy (8:45pm CEST).
We're halfway through a demanding week that threw up 3 matches inside 5 days, and which started well for Real Madrid with a win over Khimki at the WiZink Center less than 48 hours ago. Today, the Whites head to take on Olimpia Milan in the second of this week's Euroleague double-header, looking to get their hands on another victory at the start of this fledgling campaign.

It's a tough trip for the Whites, with the Euroleague providing nothing in the way of walkovers. A quick look at the table tells us all we need to know in that regard. With three games played, fourteen teams are separated by a single win and Real Madrid will be hoping to chase down Olimpia Milan. Laso's charges picked up their first points last time out and this will be their second clash on the road. The Italians were beaten for the first time by Olympiacos in Greece on Wednesday, having beaten Bayern Munich and Asvel so far.

Real Madrid have won on 7 of their 8 visits to the Italian court.

Today's opposition carry real prestige and have strengthened to put themselves among the teams fighting for the title with big arrivals including Datome, Hines, Delaney, Shields and Leday. They join an already fine squad and the likes of Sergio Rodríguez, Roll, Brooks and Tarczewski. Punter, another of the new faces, misses out through injury alongside Micov. Messina's men boast extensive offensive potential, with 4 players in double digits for point-scoring so far. They also possess a threat from three points and are physical in the paint. Real Madrid stand up well though - against Khimki they found their groove in attack and are now ranked among the competition's top three-point scorers. Llull (13 points), Tavares (12), Thompkins (11.7) and Campazzo (11) have been the standout performers in a squad with countless contributors.

Continuing the dynamic of previous meetings
History puts Real Madrid in a dominant position in terms of previous meetings between the two sides: 15 to 1. The Whites are on a 14-match winning run against the Italians. The last victory came back on the 3rd of March this year at the same venue as this evening's meeting. It's a court which has been kind to the madridistas - they've won on 7 of their 8 visits. Today they'll do all they can to continue that fine run.