NEWS | 08/04/2021 | Edu BuenoThe team’s destiny is in its own hands on the last round and if it wins in Istanbul, it will qualifiy (9:45pm CET).
The Whites are just forty minutes away from reaching the playoffs and go into the round in seventh position (19-14), but if they win they will move into at least sixth place. They could even finish joint fifth – with two, three or four teams (but they would beat Zenit, Bayern and Fenerbahçe in basket average, only losing out to Olimpia Milan). But most importantly, the team’s destiny is in its own hands and a win would make things a lot easier. If the side were to lose it would still have the chance to qualify and would depend on a defeat for Zenit in one of its two games left – against Maccabi and Panathinaikos, the latter will be played on 12 April.
Having made it through, Fenerbahçe is now fighting for home-court advantage in the playoffs. The Turkish side is in excellent form and has won 15 of its last 18 games. Madrid, which has conceded an average of 66 points in its last nine victories and is fresh from holding Olympiacos to 63 points, will have to be solid in defence. De Colo is a doubt for the home side, as is Ulanovas. Vesely will is out injured but the Turkish side has a large squad with Lorenzo Brown, Pierre, Barthel and O'Quinn.
Five wins in a row
Real Madrid will be hoping its previous matchups will bode well for the side. The Whites' record against the Turks is 19 wins and 9 defeats. In the first leg, they won convincingly by 20 points (94-74). Tavares and Abalde were the standout performers that day, scoring 22 and 19 points respectively. In addition, Laso's charges prevailed on the Turkish court last season with an impressive display (65-94) and have now won five straight victories against today's opponents since the Final Four in Vitoria in 2018. The team travels with 14 players, including Sergio Llull.