NEWS. 09/13/2022. Edu Well
The team led by Chus Mateo is looking to win the XI Costa del Sol Tournament after beating Unicaja last Sunday (8:30pm CEST).
The Real Madrid continues with its preparation for the Endesa Super Cup. After win with authority against Unicaja de Málaga 48 hours ago in the first match of the XI Costa del Sol Tournament played in Antequera, those from Chus Mateo they face Zalgiris Kaunas in a demanding test against a Euroleague team. If our team wins, they will lift this prestigious pre-season trophy for the sixth time.
Second friendly to continue picking up the rhythm of the competition (there will be one more against UCAM Murcia on Saturday 17). For now, the first contact was very satisfactory for the madridistas. Against a rival of the stature of Unicaja and having only had 3 weeks of training, they showed very good feelings, especially in attack, where they went to 98 points with 61 in the first half.
Pace that the Andalusian team could not follow against a Madrid that revealed several of its virtues for this season, such as its speed in the game, the connection Sergio Rodríguez-Tavaresthe help of Cornelie in the triple and in the rebound, the contribution of the quarry and the rapid adaptation of Musa. The forward, who had only been training for several days after playing in the Eurobasket, gave his first display in white with 30 points and a PIR of 32.
Zalgiris Kaunas is a true Euroleague classic. This season has been renewed with the aim of returning to the playoffs. A new coach (Maksvytis) has arrived and with him proven players. On the outside, Evans (ex-Maccabi), Dimsa and one of the European sensations, Brazdeikis, join the experienced Lekavicius and Kalnietis. Inside, the past MVP of the Lithuanian League, Butkevicius, Hayes, Rolands Smits and Birutis. Zalgiris will not be able to count on the internationals who have participated in the Eurobasket, while the Real Madrid will appear again with 6 players from the first team and another 6 homegrown players.