Credit: Sonia Canada/Getty Images
Credit Sonia Canada/Getty Images

Despite all the absences due to injuries and the COVID-19 outbreak, Real Madrid (14-3) played with more energy and defeated CSKA Moscow (10-7) in a tied game (71-65)

Player of the Game
Walter  Tavares
EFF
28
Walter Tavares
Points 15
Accuracy 6-11
Rebounds 10
Assists 1

Chus Mateo, who won four games in a row since Pablo Laso tested positive for COVID-19, made an emotional speech in the press conference after the game. 

"I would like to talk about sport and what it makes us feel. I can't talk about strategy today. We played with an incredible heart, beating a transatlantic", he began.

"Since I've been at this club for 8 years, every challenge that these players have faced, they always went for it. They have believed. It is a pride to belong to this team. They give lessons every day. It is not all written. You have to fight till the end," Mateo added. 

Talking about the game, the Spanish coach praised veteran players' motivation, as well as some other details.

"Our veterans trust in the team from the beginning. Their motivation is an example for all of us. We were smart during the game, avoiding turnovers because they could have punished us with fast breaks. We also did a great job in the second half with the rebounding," he analyzed. 

More than 5.000 people attended the WiZink Center, where Blancos played their last home game in 2021.

"The unity we have in this arena is something incredible. It is important to remain unbeaten at home this season in the EuroLeague. Not many teams have this feisty character", Mateo pointed out. 

Asked about youngsters' performances (Urban Klavzar scored 10 points and Sediq Garuba was aggressive on defense), Mateo praised them for their overall effort.

"They have understood very well what we needed from them. I want to praise Alberto Angulo's work in the youth categories. These guys are ready to play in the first team. And it says everything about how the club is working", he concluded. 

Free throws this season

81%
13,0
Points made: 13,0
Accuracy: 80,7%
Place in standings: 7
Record max: 30
Record min: 2
Most made FTs: Will Clyburn

After the game, Nigel Williams-Goss, who finished with a 17 points season-high, could not hide his pride.

"We just fought, we believed, and I think the first quarter set the tone. I'm happy for the young guys, and the coach did an incredible job stepping in, a great team effort", the American guard admitted. 

On the other hand, Dimitris Itoudis was clear enough in his game point of view. 

"Congratulations to Real. This game has a lot of unwritten rules, and the only unwritten rule in every team sport is to compete and play hard. With so many problems, they compete well," he introduced. 

"We had a really bad start. We did it better in the second quarter, but it was not enough. We were missing shots, turning over the balls… That was not the strategy, it was about the desire," explained the Greek coach.

Itoudis had special words for two of the youngsters who appeared in Madrid's squad tonight.

"Klavzar and Garuba have played a great game. We better remember those names," he added.

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Madrido Real
Maskvos CSKA
42%
27/65
Field goals
30%
21/69
35
Rebounds
50
11
Assists
14
8
Steals
3
31%
9/29
3-pointers
27%
9/33
22
Fouls
20

Best players

Nigel  Williams-Goss
17 PTS
8/18 FG
0/0 FT
Will  Clyburn
16 PTS
4/16 FG
7/8 FT
Walter  Tavares
10 REB
6 DREB
4 OREB
Will  Clyburn
13 REB
9 DREB
4 OREB
Nigel  Williams-Goss
5 As
1 TO
34 MIN
CSKA Moscow
Few players
3 As
Walter  Tavares
28 EFF
55% 2P%
- 3P%
Nikola  Milutinov
23 EFF
71% 2P%
- 3P%