As the Euroleague enters its 13th round, Panathinaikos AKTOR braces for a riveting clash against Real Madrid, the team with the best record in the current season. This crucial match, scheduled for Thursday, follows Panathinaikos' unexpected defeat to Anadolu Efes, necessitating a strong response from the Greens.
Facing the Best in the League
Real Madrid, often referred to as 'La Reina' (The Queen), is in formidable form, having triumphed over Olympiacos in a rematch of last season’s Euroleague Final Four. The team, led by coach Pablo Laso, has consistently shown their quality, emerging victorious in both encounters with Panathinaikos last season. However, securing a win in Athens, amid the fervent atmosphere at the OAKA arena, will be a challenging endeavor.
The Need for a Strong Defense
The Greek club, following their away defeat, is under increased pressure to perform. Coach Ergin Ataman has emphasized the need for a strong defensive performance, particularly against key players such as Facundo Campazzo and Dzanan Musa. Preventing offensive rebounds by their opponents is another area identified for improvement. Kostas Sloukas and Matthias Lessort, prominent figures for Panathinaikos, are expected to step up in this high-stakes game.
Anticipated Fervent Atmosphere
An undeniable advantage for Panathinaikos is the anticipated fervent atmosphere at the OAKA arena. The fan support, always intense, is expected to reach fever pitch, with tickets already sold out. This thrilling encounter against Real Madrid promises to be a spectacle, kicking off at 21:15 and televised on Novasports Prime.
Other Euroleague matches taking place on Thursday, 7th December, and Friday, 8th December, will feature teams such as Olympiacos, Fenerbahce, and Anadolu Efes, among others. As the competition intensifies, each game carries the potential to reshape the leaderboard, making every pass, every shot, every defensive play crucial in the grand scheme of things.