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Olympiacos-Barcelona: Derby with the top in the background at the packed SEF


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Olympiacos and Barcelona cross their swords (21:00, News Bulletin 247,, in the packed SEF, with both teams wanting the victory to stay close to Real Madrid and at the top of the competition.

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The “red and white” come from the victory in the final over Kolossos in Rhodes 80-79, thanks to a 3-pointer by Sasha Vezenkov and will face the Catalans with a renewed mentality, after the shock 83-62 defeat by Milan last Friday.

Giorgos Bartzokas will have all the players at his disposal, as after some time there is no injury problem.

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“We need to immediately change our approach for a challenging game tomorrow against a team you all know how good they are. He’s in good form, he’s won five in a row, he’s playing much better. The return of Mirotic has raised their ceiling, while Higgins is also playing very well. In general, they are a team with very good execution both defensively and offensively. For us it will certainly be a difficult and demanding match. The fatigue factor has to quickly get out of our minds, both myself and the players. Tomorrow we play in a full stadium, in front of our world and we have to give our best” were some of the words of the Greek technician for tomorrow’s match.

Conversely, Barcelona head into the CEF after a surprise loss to Zaragoza in the Spanish league, which dropped them to 17-4 and second in the standings, with Real having the upper hand there as well.

As for the Euroleague, the “Blaugrana”, with the return of Nikola Mirotic, count five straight wins and they want to continue their streak in the tournament.

It is recalled that Olympiacos had pass triumphantly through Barcelona in matchday 1, taking the win with 80-70, making an impressive start to this season in Europe’s best inter-club competition.

The match will be managed by Ilia Belosevic (Serbia), Mendy Difala (France) and Saso Petek (Slovenia).

Detailed schedule of the 27th matchday:

Tuesday (7/3)

Alba-Zalgiris (21:00)

Olympiacos-Barcelona (21:00)

Valencia-Milan (21:30)

Virtus Bologna-Partizan (21:30)

Real Madrid-Basconia (21:45)

Bayern-Villeurban (21:45)

Wednesday (8/3)

Maccabi Tel Aviv-Fenerbahce (19:30)

Red Star-Ephesus (21:30)

Monaco-Panathinaikos (22:00)

Source: Sport Fm

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