Program day 21

On this 21st day, the Euroleague will offer us a traditional clásico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, ​​with the fight for the first place in the standings. Another shock of the evening will be against the other Spanish club “Vitoria”, which will host two-time European champion “Anadolu”. The red light for our three-color representatives is when Monaco will come alive when Milan arrives, and Asvel will host Fenerbahce. Presentation of the 21st day of the Euroleague season 2022/2023.

Euroleague 2022/2023: Day 21 poster

Real Madrid – FC Barcelona (Thursday 19:00)

The leading position in the EuroLeague changes every week with the intensity that the competition has never seen before. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, ​​who are used to facing each other both on the European stage and in the ACB League, will face each other for the first place this Thursday!

Last week’s defeat at Olympiakos (60-73) saw Madrid lose their position at the top of the EuroLeague, and the evening saw Fenerbahce and Barça return alongside their rivals. Catalans who came to the capital of Spain and questioned the Merengues. Dominating the rebound and struggling offensively, Real know that success will come from a rediscovered offensive alchemy and better perimeter protection. If Walter Tavares and Dzanan Musa kept the team in attack last week, they will need support against their rivals Barcelona this Thursday. Athens transfers Guershon Yabusele (8.4 points and 4 rebounds) and Gabriel Deck (12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds) will need to step up to support their teammates both offensively and rebounding. But Real Madrid have nothing to worry about as they approach this classic knowing how to bounce back after poor performances.

It is surprising that the team behaved better in the Catalans. With 7 wins in 10 games, Barça have a better record at home than at home (6 wins to 4 defeats, including 2 in a row). Having won at Baskonia last week (85-78), Barcelona are still in the right peloton in the Euroleague. The return of Nikola Mirotic (see below) still requires an adjustment phase for the team, which was carried out without MVP 2022 for the first 3 months of the competition. His teammates such as Cory Higgins (9.5 points) and Nicolas Laprovittola (12.7 points and 4.8 assists), who have the keys to the Catalan attack, should get their new positions, as well as the Czech couple T. Satoranski and Y. Veseli. The entire Blaugrana team must be level to come to Madrid and win!

This will be the 4th match of the season, Barça will lead 2-1 with 2 wins so far. Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup 89-83 to start the season before losing to the Catalans (83-85) in the Euroleague and losing at home in the Liga ACB in early January (78-87).

Player to watch: Nikola Mirotic (Real Madrid)

Nikola Mirotic has yet to return to his best since returning to the squad in early December. At least, the Spanish player does not force the game and tries to integrate into a team that works very well without him. With 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds, the FC Barcelona player lets the game come to him and knows that the most important thing will be to be ready for the Euroleague playoffs and Liga ACB from April. But the former NBAer will not hesitate to come and bring misery to his Madrid opponent!

The complete program of the 21st day of the Euroleague

Thursday, January 26

  • 19:00: Real Madrid – FC Barcelona
  • 20:00: Alba Berlin – Valencia Basket
  • 21:00: AS Monaco – Emporio Armani Milano
  • 21:00: Panathinaikos Athens – Zalgiris Kaunas
  • 21:00: LDLC Asvel – Fenerbahce Istanbul

Friday 27 January

  • 19:00: “Red Star” Belgrade – Partizan Belgrade
  • 20:30: Baskonia Vitoria – Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  • 20:30: Olympiakos BC – Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • 20:45: Bayern Munich – Virtus Bologna

Euroleague rating after 20 days

  1. Olympiakos BC 13-7
  2. Real Madrid 13-7
  3. Fenerbahce 13-7
  4. FC Barcelona 13-7
  5. Zalgiris Kaunas 12-8
  6. AS Monaco 12-8
  7. Baskonia Vitoria 11-9
  8. Maccabi Tel Aviv 11-9
  9. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 10-10
  10. Red Star Belgrade 10-10
  11. Valencia Basket 10-10
  12. Partisan Belgrade 9-11
  13. Virtus Bologna 9-11
  14. Bayern Munich 8-12
  15. Panathinaikos Athens 7-13
  16. LDLC Asvel 7-13
  17. Alba Berlin 6-14
  18. Emporio Armani Milano 6-14

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