NEWS STORY. 09/01/2022
The league leaders travel to Joventut Badalona for matchday 15, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak that affected the squad and was due to be played last Tuesday. This will be Real Madrid's second consecutive away match this week after the victory at Manresa six days ago. Pablo Laso’s side will have to be at their best against the league’s third-placed team if they are to maintain their sublime unbeaten away record.
It will be another stern test for the league leaders, who head to Badalona with a record of 14 wins from 15 games, to go along with their unbeaten away record. The Whites go into the clash after cementing their place at the top of the standings thanks to the away win against Manresa (87-92) where they recorded their eight consecutive victory on the road. They take on an in-form Joventut side, who currently sit in third place with a 9-4 record and three games in hand, after the matches against Monbús Obradoiro, Urbas Fuenlabrada and Barça were called off. The hosts have not played since 22 December when they were in action in the Eurocup. Up to that point, the Catalan side had strung together four straight wins in the league. This will be another tough matchup for Madrid, as Carles Duran’s charges have only lost once at the MoraBanc Andorra this campaign.
Video.Joventut-Real Madrid: second away clash of the week for the league leaders
Madrid are the most valued team in the competition (96.2) and boast the best defence (69.8). This will be crucial to come away victorious from the Olimpico, where they have won on their last eight visits, since 2013-14. Last season, our team won both clashes - in Badalona it was by 64-87. Joventut's strengths lie in offensive rebounding (11.3) and three-point shooting (38.3% success rate), and the team combines the experience of proven players such as Tomic, Vives, Pau Ribas, Ventura and Paul with the youth of the likes of Parra and Busquets. They also have two very mobile fours in Willis and Brodziansky who complete a very competitive inside game.
Everyone plays their part
Going into this game, Laso welcomes the return of all the players affected by COVID-19, as well as Abalde, who returned from injury a month after the Manresa clash. The formula for the team's success is the contribution of all the players and this is evident in the statistics. Yabusele, Hanga, Tavares, Heurtel and Williams-Goss lead the ACB charts.