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Bottom of the table, Valladolid, to visit the Palau this Sunday / PHOTO: ARCHIVO FCB

Three days after playing in Turkey against Jaka Lakovic’s team, Galatasaray, Barça Regal will play in match-day eight of the Liga Endedsa. The Palau Blaugrana will be host to bottom of table team, Blancos of Rueda Valladolid.

Xavi Pascual’s men are playing at a very high level against quality teams that haven’t been push-overs. In the last Liga game against Valencia Basket, the Azulgrana were forced to grind out a difficult win (68-72). In Turkey it wasn’t easy either, as Galatasaray battled Barça Regal all game long (66-70).

For this reason, even though Barça Regal will play against the team at the bottom of the table, Xavi Pascual doesn’t want his men to relax against Valladolid. The team wants and needs to keep on winning. If Barça wins this Sunday it will be their ninth victory in a row, both in Liga and Euroleague.

Hervé, Valladolid’s danger man

Luis Casimiro’s team come to the Palau asphyxiated by their bad League position. The bad Liga start, two victories and five defeats, the last loss coming at the hands of CAI Zaragoza (75-74), has been a morale drain on the visiting players. To spring a surprise in the Palau, Valladolid needs to play at the top of their game - especially Touré Hervé, the visiting team’s best player.

Of the 36 visits from Valladolid to the Palau, they have only won one; their only victory was 20 years ago.


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