His strongest test in the preparation so far is given by Panathinaikos.
The “greens” face the very qualitative one Fenerbahce of Dimitris Itoudisin the context of the “Nick Galis International Tournament” which is held at Klisto of Kallithea in Rhodes (16/9, 17:00, ACTION24).
It is the fifth friendly of the “trefoil” after the victories against Krka Novo Mesto, Cluj and Peristeri bwinbut also the defeat by Tsedevita Olympia. Obviously, previous friendlies don’t compare to her Fenerbahcewhich is a competitor of Panathinaikos in the Euroleague and a team of the highest level.
From the side of the “greens”, the friendly against Fener will mark the unofficial debut of the team’s internationals, and especially Ioannis Papapetrou, Matias Lessor, Juancho Hernangometh and Dimitris Moraitiswho did not play in the previous matches.
It is very likely that he will also receive playing time Dino Mitoglou, whose magnetic after the injury that deprived him of the Worlds was clear, resulting in his return to training. On the contrary, he will definitely be left out Luka Vildosa, who suffered a sprain and… runs to catch the Super Cup. For the first time, therefore, Panathinaikos he will face a team of his level, while he will have most of his players at his disposal.
On the other hand, Fener will line up without him Metjan Birsenwho is injured, but also the Marko Gudurich, who is still not integrated into the team as he reached the World Cup final with Serbia and is on a rest period. He is also facing a minor injury Nigel Hayes-Davieswho did not play in yesterday’s (15/9) first match of the tournament against Maccabi, in which Fenerbahçe lost 82-78 looking unprepared. On the contrary, Giorgos Papagiannis is normally expected to play, for the first time against Panathinaikos after his retirement.
It also remains unknown whether the match will be played in public, after the “fiasco” with the lack of fire protection at the Kallithea Stadium, which resulted in the friendly between Fener and Maccabi being initially behind closed doors, even though during the match some people eventually entered the stadium illegally.
Source: Sport Fm
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