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Xavi Pascual during the game at the Palau against Assignia Manresa / PHOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

FC Barcelona Regal manager, Xavi Pascual, believes that “at this point in the season, when you reach the Top 16, all the opponents are difficult.” The Barça manager analyzed the Top 16 Euroleague draw that paired his team with Maccabi Electra, Bennet Cantú and Zalgiris Kaunas, saying: “We’ve been given three teams that are very strong at home. These teams have great atmospheres at home. It’ll be difficult to win away from the Palau Blaugrana.”

“The trips are long, it could have an effect on the Liga Endesa because we normally do not return home on the same day as the game. It’s far, and that forces you to come return home on the following day and you end up losing a training session. The trips punish the team,” Pascual added.

“Quality teams”

In terms of Barça Regal’s opponents, Xavi Pascual considers that “they are quality teams that have proven their worth.” Cantú, for example, “was first in their group almost throughout the whole group phase, and they have proved that they are a good team.” The manager said that Zalgiris Kaunas “is always difficult to play against on their court. We’ll see if we are capable of playing well against them.” Finally, Xavi Pascual evaluated Maccabi Electra: “They have a great roster. They have good shooters and players on the inside that are fantastic; they have a great team.”

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