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Laso: "We'll have to put in a solid defensive performance from the start against Khimki"

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NEWS | 01/03/2021

"We need to be tough on defence, control the rebound and get into the rhythm of the game" explained Abalde.
Pablo Laso and Alberto Abalde discussed Real Madrid's game against Russian side Khmki in round 27 of the Euroleague (Tuesday, 6pm). The coach said: "We've got three games in a week, the three away games added to the two we've played this past week. There's that feeling that the games are piling up. We get some players back but we also lose some along the way. I'm more concerned that the team is physically fit and that we're ready to respond to what our opponents bring. We're aware that we're now getting in to an important phase in the competitions and we have to keep playing at this level or raise the level that we've been at so far, which I think has been very good".
"When a team of Khimki's level, with the players they have and their scoring ability, is on a bad run, they're getting closer a win. We need to be very switched on and focused for this game. They have lost a lot of players and are suffering more on the inside, but they've got good scorers and are very dangerous. Shved is a reference due to his ability to score but they have other players who are performing well such as Mickey, Bertans, Zaytsev and Karasev. They will demand a strong defensive effort from us from the start".


"We have Taylor back and will travel to Russia with 13 players. The 12 who played on Saturday plus Taylor, but Thompkins, who sprained his ankle last Saturday, and Alocén, who sprained his ankle in training today, are doubts. We'll see how they are in the last few hours".
"The team has been working very well defensively over the last few weeks. We feel that it's difficult for teams to score against us and, in general, the defensive work has been very good throughout the year. We always aim to improve but we obviously know that it's impossible to keep the opposition at zero points".

Abalde: "We have to be very focused and solid"
"Khimki has very good players, a lot of scorers and shooters. They're a very dangerous team and we'll have to be at our best and really switched on from the start in order to be able to perform well and try to secure another win. Khimki has few pure inside players at the moment. They're getting players with a lot of outside threat in their place and that makes them a dangerous team".

"We have to be smart, be solid and control the basics of the game. We need to be tough on defence and control the rebound as a base, then get into the rhythm of the game. If we can do that, we'll have a better chance of winning".