ANDl Baxi Manresa and Real Madrid they face this saturday (8.45pm) at the Nou Congost in a match that will be a major challenge for the Catalans, as they face the leader of the Endesa League and to second most valued player in the competition: Edy Tavares.

The Cape Verdean pivot is a headache for all attacks thanks to its 2.21 centimeters high and its defensive benefits.

The historical balance between the two sets is very uneven, but also Real Madrid has not known defeat on the Manresa court since 1998.By then, Manresa prevailed 95-82 in the semifinals for the title they ended up winning. Of the 46 white visits, the Catalans have only triumphed 7 times.

The Baxi Manresa coach, Pedro Martínez, was full of praise for his next rival, “A great team, with the most decisive player in Europe at the defensive level as is Tavares”, he pointed.

Madrid is a great team, with the most decisive player in Europe at the defensive level as Tavares is “,

Pedro Martínez (BAXI Manresa Coach)

“The preparation of the matches conditions depending on whether he plays Tavares or not, but we can’t give up our style just because he’s there. If we take a cap, well, we will have to continue, because all teams take a cap of theirs and that does not mean the world ends, “he added.

The statistics of Madrid in the League, terrifying

The statistics make the team led by Pablo Laso more fearful. Is he leader in defensive rebounds in the competition (27.38), in plugs (3.69), on shooting percentage of two (57.17%), sseconds in evaluation (103.58), on total rebounds (36.81), on 3s scored (11.04) and third in mates (2.73). Tavares, great star of the white team, is the leader in blocks (2.4) and rebounds (8.3) of the competition.

The Baxi Manresa continues to lead the statistical section of the assists, but has recently lost the top assistant in the competition. The base Dani perez suffered in the last game a partial tear of the right knee ligament and the remainder of the season will be lost. The problems in the base position are accentuated with Jonathan Tabu’s discharge.

Also, the other base Frankie ferrari have a ankle sprain and has trained with difficulties all week long. The Catalan team will not be able to count on their captain, the forward Guillem Jou, who is still injured no return date.

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Via Marca.com