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Joan Creus, Barça Regal technical secretary, doesn't take UNICS Kazan lightly, their rivals in the quarterfinals of the Euroleague, in a tie over the best of five games that will start in three weeks time. "It's a team that are here by their own merits. They disputed, right to the end, the first place in the group with Panathinaikos, and they're a rival that have proved their worth not only in the Top 16, but also throughout the first phase" said Creus.

Two non-valid precedents

As Xavi Pascual said in his press conference, Joan Creus also believes that the two previous precedents against UNICS Kazan in the first phase are no longer valid. They've expired. "Here in the Palau they gave us problems and away it's true that we won by playing brilliantly" he added. Remember that in Russia, Barça Regal won by 93-65 and by 63-50 in the Palau.

Lots of experience and very physical

The Barça Regal players see the quarter final rivals as a "tough team". "They're a team that prepare their matches very well, and defend really well. They have experienced players who know what they are doing", said Victor Sada. "They are playing much harder and have all their positions covered. It will be a difficult series because they are very physical" added Lorbek. Josep Perez, one of the pearls of the team, and who is gradually getting more minutes, defines Greene and Domercant, as their two "more decisive" players.

The Palau is the key

Everyone agrees on one thing: the Palau will be the key to getting into the Final Four. "The Palau is fundamental. We know we have to take each game at a time, but the first two games at home are very important" said Creus.


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