NEWS STORY. 17/10/2021. Edu Bueno
Real Madrid must now face another stern test as the side looks to end a demanding week of three games in the space of five days with a 100% win record, after defeating both Monaco and Panathinaikos in the double-game EuroLeague week. This evening, Madrid takes on newly-promoted Río Breogán, which has got off to an impressive start in the league, while our team remain unbeaten and will be looking to pick up a sixth win in the domestic competition.
If Friday’s battle was both a physical and mental test, then Sunday’s match-up in Lugo will certainly be more of the same. The madridistas have barely had a day to prepare for the league clash, the same amount of time they had ahead of the game with the Greeks after having played Monaco on Wednesday. But the Whites have proved they have strength in depth time and time again to handle the demanding fixture calendar thanks to the superb management of Pablo Laso. The Vitoria-born coach could record his 400th Liga ACB win on Sunday and to do so his side will have to overcome an opponent who has had more time to rest and will be full of energy for the clash. The hosts are enjoying their return to the top-flight and currently sit in third position.
Video.Río Breogán-Real Madrid: all out to complete a week of three wins
Paco Olmos’ side has produced stunning averages from the three-point line (41.4%) and has also caught the eye for its flowing attacking basketball (17 assists per game). Bosnian forward Musa is the team's top performer (52.9% in three-pointers) and is complemented by Bell and Kalinoski on the perimeter. On the inside, Mahalbasic and Lukovic supply the points. Meanwhile, Laso's charges are the highest scoring team in the competition (96.8), with Poirier (17.8), Tavares (14.2), Yabusele (12.8) and Heurtel (10.4) in double figures in this regard. The home side is undefeated at home, while Madrid has won five in a row, two of which have come on the road.
A strong offensive start and solid defence
These two aspects have been decisive for Real Madrid. This week the Whites, in both games, scored 30 points in the first quarter, conceding 12 and 18 respectively. From then on, plenty of commitment and defensive solidity were required to manage the lead. Today, the two teams will meet again after an absence of three seasons. The last time was a 94-89 victory for Madrid in 2018-19.