“Every Euroleague game is tough, especially in Spain and especially against Real” – Angelo Caloiaro looks ahead to Maccabi Tel Aviv’s clash at Madrid

Maccabi Tel Aviv faces Real Madrid in Euroleague Gameday 9 action in Spain on Wednesday night at 19:30 Israel time. The Yellow & Blue sport a 3-5 record while Real sits at 4-4 after eight games a piece for the two clubs.

With both teams having early season struggles each will look to continue where they left off last week, with wins. Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad demolished Zalgiris 85-57 in their most complete performance of the campaign to date but also knows it will be a big challenge against a very talented Real side, “We have to continue the momentum we built last week against a Real team that has quality and experience as one of the top European teams in the past couple of seasons. We need to go out, fight hard, play well defensively, and smart offensively. I expect our players to show our character on both ends of the court and play the style of game we’ve implemented since I arrived here in Maccabi.”

Real’s veteran guard Sergio Llull’s comments mirrored that of the Maccabi bench boss, “I think the team gets to this game in a good situation. We gained confidence in our game. We have a demanding week ahead of us, but we’ll try to start winning against Maccabi. They are a tough team in defense, and they also like to play with the fastbreak and with great shooters. We will have to match that toughness, impose our pace and focus on our game to have options to win. We are in a good dynamic and we will try to stay on that path.“

Angelo Caloiaro also talked about the tipping off against Madrid in Spain, a place that Maccabi has had issues with over the years, “Every Euroleague game is tough, especially in Spain and especially against them. Real is a really good team, and they’re especially tough to beat at home. Still, we started to prepare yesterday by watching film, going over the game plan, and we’ve got to continue to get better ourselves, that’s the most important thing. I think we took a big step with that last Thursday, and we need to continue it, so this game is a great test for us.”

One of the players that Maccabi will need to deal with in the paint is big man Edy Tavares who The Sports Rabbi did an interview with ahead of the big game. At 7”3 he’s one tall order for the Yellow & Blue down low both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball explained Caloiaro, “He’s a problem for everyone. He’s big and you want to try to get him away from under the hoops where he can block everything and try to get him to move around. It’s tough, he’s 7”3 and you got to hit shots on him because he’s big and can protect the rim so well.”

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