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Luigi Datome spoke to "La Gazzetta dello Sport" about AX Armani Exchange Milano's EuroLeague run, which has brought the Italian powerhouse to the top of the standings.

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The captain of the Italian NT also referred to Nicolo Melli and to his personal relationship with the president of the Italian Federation, Gianni Petrucci whom he met a few days ago.

"I am very balanced. Speaking of the team, I realize that it was a good evening," Datome commented on Milan's win over FC Barcelona.

"But we're just getting started, and in a while, no one will ever remember who was first in November. Personally, I am happy, but I never lacked self-confidence.

At this point in my career, at the age of 34, I just have to think about being physically well. If I am well, Ettore Messina will play me more," the experienced forward added.

Asked about the differences between last year's version of Milan and the current one, Datome noted:

"For sure, this year we are more physical. The addition of Melli also gave us a higher IQ. We're in good team shape, but we need to stay calm. Let's not forget that we played six out of our eight EuroLeague games at home. The road is very long and full of pitfalls, but we are ready to face all the challenges with maximum concentration".

Last summer, the former Fenerbahce player didn't join the Italian NT in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade nor in the subsequent Tokyo Olympics. However, as he revealed, he met with the president of FIP Giovanni Petrucci, explaining to him the reasons for his non-participation.

"What I had to say I told him in person. We greeted each other with affection in Naples, we have known each other for too many years. I will keep making decisions that I consider right for me and the team, even more so if the national team is involved," Datome concluded.

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Milano Armani Exchange
Barselonos FC Barcelona
40%
25/63
Field goals
45%
29/64
36
Rebounds
40
16
Assists
13
6
Steals
3
83%
15/18
Free throws
56%
9/16
41%
15/37
2-pointers
54%
26/48

Best players

Luigi  Datome
17 PTS
4/8 FG
7/8 FT
Brandon  Davies
12 PTS
5/8 FG
2/3 FT
Nicolo  Melli
8 REB
8 DREB
0 OREB
Nick  Calathes
7 REB
4 DREB
3 OREB
Shavon  Shields
6 As
0 TO
34 MIN
Nick  Calathes
5 As
2 TO
24 MIN
Luigi  Datome
16 EFF
40% 2P%
67% 3P%
Brandon  Davies
14 EFF
63% 2P%
- 3P%