Credit: BasketNews/D. Repečka
Credit BasketNews/D. Repečka

AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (8-1) will spend the whole double round of this EuroLeague week in Russia. The team coached by Ettore Messina will play against UNICS Kazan tonight, then they'll move to Saint Petersburg to play against Zenit. 

Konstantinos Mitoglou

Konstantinos  Mitoglou
Konstantinos  Mitoglou
MIN: 18.89
PTS: 8.78 (53.42%)
REB: 5
As: 1.67
ST: 0.78
BL: 0.33
TO: 1.22
GM: 9

Coach Messina introduced the game, highlighting the fact that UNICS (4-5) is improving a lot in the last few weeks: "After a difficult start, UNICS improved constantly under coach Perasovic's guide", Ettore Messina said. 

"Recently, they have won a few games, and most importantly, they're playing with a precise hierarchy and a clear understanding of everyone's role in the team. We'll face a very well-organized and aggressive defense, limiting the turnovers will be a key to try to win this game", coach Messina explained. 

Konstantinos Mitoglou, one of the main elements of Milan's frontcourt, knows that the team will need to be very focused mentally to overcome UNICS: "They're a very aggressive and athletic team, in the last few weeks they've improved a lot", the Greek big man said.

"We'll need to play with great focus and attention on both ends of the court for 40 minutes", Mitoglou explained. 

After last night's dinner, the Italian players of Milan received the visit of fellow compatriot Marco Spissu, who's playing with Kazan this season after several years spent in Sassari. 

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Konstantinos Mitoglou

Konstantinos  Mitoglou
Team: AX Armani Exchange Milan
Position: PF, C
Age: 25
Height: 210 cm
Weight: 111 kg
Birth place: Greece