Unics Kazan-Real Madrid: going for a second successive win on Russian soil

NEWS STORY. 29/10/2021. Edu Bueno

After beating Zenit, Laso's men close out the Euroleague double-header against last year's Euro Cup runners-up (6:00pm CEST).

Real Madrid will be hoping to come back from their latest trip to Russia with a 100% record. Less than 48 hours on from beating Zenit in St. Petersburg (68-75), this evening our team head to Unics Kazan for another tough Euroleague clash, against last year's Euro Cup runners-up. Laso will have the same 14-man squad available for tonight's game as he did on Wednesday.

We're halfway through a three-game week on the road for Real Madrid. Today, they face Unics Kazan, a side they haven't met since the 2016-17 campaign, when they won both games in the Regular Season. These teams have crossed paths on a total of 4 occasions, the madridistas leading the head-to-head 3-1. Laso's charges have won on both previous trips to Kazan, last time out, 77-81 as Randolph delivered a superb display (19 points). The power forward, Thompkins and Williams-Goss did not travel this time as they continue their recoveries from injury. Llull made his comeback against Zenit.

Video.Unics Kazan-Real Madrid: going for a second successive win on Russian soil

The Russians are back in the Euroleague following four seasons out of the competition and with Perasovic on the bench. They just picked up their second win of the campaign against Baskonia, both at home (the other came against Bayern) to break a run of two successive defeats. With the exception of the clash with Fenerbahçe, they have competed well to the end in every game. They boast real quality on the perimeter, in Lorenzo Brown, Canaan and Hezonja (plus new arrival, former NBA star O. J. Mayo) while inside Yekiri and Brantley bring the muscle and Brown and Vorontsevich offer versatility. Madrid's best route to the basket is coming inside, through Tavares and Yabusele, but their real strength lies in their work as a unit.

All eyes on a fifth win in a row
Real Madrid will be seeking to continue their fine run in the Euroleague. They have won five of their six games so far, the last four on the bounce (Monaco, Panathinaikos, Fenerbahçe and Zenit). This streak has taken them to second place in the table, level on points with Olimpia Milan and just one win off top spot. Another win on the road will be key in boosting our team's confidence even further.