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Pianigiani: “Real Madrid is the top, we want to play the best game we can play before our crowd”


Real Madrid is a basketball powerhouse, it’s the EuroLeague reigning champions, with terrific players and still unbeaten this season. “It’s easy to talk about Real Madrid – Coach Simone Pianigiani said in the eve of the battle – They are the defending champions and they are also ready to express all their potential. Their core players are playing for the same coach and together since… forever. So, we are at the start of the season but they don’t need to develop any kind familiarity and when they enter the homestretch they know what to do, they already did. They are playing at a very high level, they won the Supercup, they are unbeaten in their league, they won convincingly against Darussafaka. Right now you cannot find a higher level of competition in Europe”.

Real doesn’t have Luka Doncic, the perennial MVP last season who moved on to Dallas in the NBA but the roster quality is still sky-high. “Yes, they don’t have Doncicbut last season they didn’t have Sergio Llull until the playoffs while this year he looks more than ready. The fact is: their roster can cover any situation. Their centers have huge size, they have any kind a 4-man including Randolph who’s playing at a very high level. Their guards will attack the defense immediately creating adavantages and off the benach they can bring on players with peculiar traits, very dangerouse like Carroll or Prepelic”, Pianigiani said.

And still Olimpia is entering this game on a high note. “We face an opponent of the highest level, with a very high morale because we have been doing really well, too. We are still looking for fixing a couple of things, because, in spite of many returning players, the guards are new but so far we have been good. We have to face Real Madrid like it’s a big opportunity to improve, we have no pressure for once, we can play up to our capabilities and trying to stay in the game, with a huge desire of moving a big step up in our development. Our crowd will push us to make an extra effort in order to really play the best game we can play at this time”.