Uncertainty reigns in the hours leading up to this Sunday’s Clásico at the WiZink Center (6:30 p.m.). Barça sighs for being able to count on Nikola Mirotic and Real Madrid for doing it with Edy Tavares. Positive for Covid-19 both last week, it is still unknown if they will arrive in time to dress short. The Cape Verdean center starts with an advantage, who today celebrates the ninth day of his positive while Niko the seventh.
The Barça club could communicate the availability or not of the power forward early this afternoon, while the Real Madrid He hasn’t let anything go but he said a lot yesterday with a video he posted on Twitter with Tavares training with the rest of his teammates. In addition, the pivot appeared in a group photo in the background with Sergio Llull and the commemorative shirt of his 900 games in white.
It is difficult to think that a player who is still positive would take part in these activities, although the pivot could be aware of the second negative required by the ACB to compete. Barça itself has not given any clue on its part about Mirotic. Tavares is Madrid’s second highest scoring producer between ACB and Euroleague with a 12% behind Yabusele -with 13.4%-, while Niko is the one who contributes the most points to Barça with a 18,7%.
In the event that the two or one of the two were left without their leaders on the pitch, both the Blaugrana and the Whites have shown that they manage well without their role models, as Barça register a very favorable balance of 16-4 between ACB and Euroleague when Mirotic was not there and Madrid 14-3 without Tavares.