Credit: Valery Sharifulin/TASS-Scanpix
Credit Valery Sharifulin/TASS-Scanpix

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (1-2) are coming to Madrid after the heart-breaking loss to Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. PAO bench boss Dimitris Priftis is expecting a difficult away match against a very solid squad.

"We know well the potential of the opponent. They are a very good team with a great roster. There are points to focus on and the most important is the fast transition game that distinguishes Real. We need to be very focused in the first eight seconds of each offensive possession.

At the same time, it is important not to give them easy points after our own mistakes. This is an element we are good at as we do not make many mistakes as a team, however, we should keep it," said Priftis.

The Greek specialist also emphasized the importance of rebounding the ball and attacks execution.

"We also have to be more consistent in the field of rebounds which was one of the problems we had in our last game.

Without a doubt, the way we will execute the offense, finding free shots, and having a good long shot will play an important role. It is difficult to win such games away without a good three-point percentage," underlined the 52-year-old.

For his part, Jahyve Floyd said: "Real is a great and experienced team. We have to be tough and focused from the first minute of the match both offensively and defensively.

I know what we can do as a team, the potential we have, which makes me optimistic about the future. We are a new team and I believe that we will get better," told the American big man.

Panathinaikos face Real Madrid on October 15 in the Spanish capital.

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Free throws this season

Points made: 13,3
Accuracy: 83,3%
Place in standings: 6
Record max: 25
Record min: 5
Most made FTs: Nemanja Nedovic