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Barça Regal / PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB

The moment of truth has arrived. The final 40 minutes that will decide which team, Barça Regal or Real Madrid, will walk away with the Liga Endesa title is here. An almost at-capacity Palau Blaugrana -there are about 100 unclaimed seats left- will host the match  at 19:00 (Teledeporte).

Defence and accuracy

The Azulgranas’ excellent defence in the fourth match of the series and the accuracy of Erazem Lorbek, Juan Carlos Navarro and Pete Mickeal led Barça to victory over Madrid at the Palacio de los Deportes. It’s worth mentioning that Jaycee Carroll, Real Madrid’s most dangerous player, only scored four points on Wednesday. Boniface Ndong, who is still struggling with a knee injury, didn't train this Friday and his availability for this afternoon’s match is doubtful.

Another aspect that merits discussion is Xavi Pascual’s direction from the bench. The defensive alternatives that the manager used from the start of the fourth match proved  effective in disrupting Madrid’s offensive play and rhythm.

The only Azulgrana fight back

Statistics are on Barça Regal’s side. So far, the Catalans are the only ones that have managed to turn around an adverse final series. The fight back happened in the 1994/95 season against Unicaja Málaga. The Azulgranas were down 1-2 in the series but the title stayed in Barcelona. Barça beat Unicaja in Málaga and culminated the comeback at the Palau.

This Satruday, if Xavi Pascual and his men claim the Liga title - it would be the team’s third title of the season after the Spanish Super Cup and the Liga Catalana - after losing our in the Copa del Rey and the Euroleague. Barça have the chance to climb to the top of the Liga Endesa and deny the title to their long-standing rivals, Real Madrid.


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