Credit: Zuma press – Scanpix
Credit Zuma press – Scanpix

Pablo Laso spoke to the media on the eve of the game that Real Madrid will play this Thursday against Bitci Baskonia in the Buesa Arena, making special reference to the team's long-term absentees.

“We have had three good days of training, which we needed in order to recover some players.

Taylor has been able to train a bit, Thompkins is getting better and Randolph is following the team's dynamics. Williams-Goss played came back last Sunday.

I am trying to be optimistic and probably next Monday everyone will be able to practice if there are no setbacks," the Basque coach initially said.

Further on, he referred to Madrid's current form and protecting home court which has been an important factor in his team's run.

"The EuroLeague is very competitive and you are competing with the best teams. The four wins in a row mean we're doing things right. We haven't lost at home and we have a good feeling whenever we play in the WiZink Center. But that's it.

Tomorrow we play against a different team, which has changed coach, which has different defensive and offensive situations, and we have to adapt.”

One of the keys to the great start of the season for Real Madrid has been their defensive performances. The "Blancos" concede only 68.1 points per game in the ACB League, which brings them to the top of defensive rankings.

Last Sunday, they went a step further and left Coosur Betis to 48 points, signing their best defensive game in the last 16 years.

"Since the arrival of Tavares, the team has taken a turn in its defensive system," Laso commented.

"Players have come and gone but it's a process of adjusting to the characteristics of different players. It is true that this year we have left many opponents on low scores.

I'm not among those who believe that leaving other teams low on the scoreboard means that you play good defenses but I do believe that the team defensively is reaching a better level," he concluded.

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Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Real Madrid
18 Position
Field goals
7 Position
5 Position
1 Position
13 Position
1 Position
17 Position
3 Position

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35% 3P%
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