BC Khimki left to Spanish capital to face nine-time EuroLeague champ Real Madrid on the road. The game will be played at WiZink Center on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Tip-off at 23:00 msk. Watch LIVE at Match! Igra, Sportbox.ru and EuroLeague TV.
REAL MADRID (SPAIN)
Founded in 1931 Team colors: white, purple, grey Honors: Spanish National League (1957, 1958, 1960-1966, 1968-1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984-1986, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016), Spanish National Cup (1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960-1962, 1965-1967, 1970-1975, 1977, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993, 2012, 2014-2017), Spanish Supercup (1985, 2012-2014), Euroleague (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1995, 2015), Eurocup (2007), Saporta Cup (1984, 1989, 1992, 1997), Korac Cup (1988), Intercontinental Cup (1976-1978, 1981, 2015) Arena: WiZink Center (capacity – 15000) President: Florentino Perez Official website:www.realmadrid.com
Where to watch
LIVE: Match! Igra (22:55; replay — 04:40, November 3 at 13:20), Match TV (21:15) (replay at 01:30), EuroLeague TV, Sportbox.ru Text online: EuroLeague website
Georgios Bartzokas, BC Khimki head coach:
“I think it's going to be a very interesting game. For us it's a good opportunity to evaluate our progress against a very strong offensive team. They have the best offense in numbers in the EuroLeague. Everybody knows that they are playing at a high rhythm. It's very important to see our adjustment in this kind of game. Obviously, Madrid is not an easy place to win, but we need to work hard for 40 minutes and finally see what we achieve. As for Doncic, we are talking about the EuroLeague MVP for the last two weeks, so now we don't count him as a talent, but as a star of the EuroLeague. Of course, [the losses of Kuzmic and Randolf] is an issue for them, but at the same time they have a lot of experience with Ayon and Reyes. They have played many games like this”.
Egor Vyaltsev, BC Khimki guard:
“Of course, it will be tough. Real is still unbeaten; it's a serious club with serious traditions, one of the best in the EuroLeague. Every year they prove their strength. I think it will be especially tough to play in front of full stands. But we are making up our minds because we have a good team. We had a mishap with Olympiacos last week but already made conclusions, analyzed the video and our coach pointed out our mistakes. We'll try to avoid mistakes. I think it will be an intense game as Spanish basketball means speed, quickness and a deep rotation. They have many scorers, many inside and outside players. We are preparing for a 40-minute fight. They have a unique player in Doncic, who is a young talent, like Andrey Kirilenko in his time. He has proved to be a very versatile player; we are taking into consideration his skills and will try to play tough against him. We have to play hard and believe in ourselves to win”.