Navarro durant l'últim Clàssic al Palau / FOTO: ARXIU - FCB

The road to the last great prize of the season begins in the Palacio de Deportes in Madrid. Coach Pascual’s men must face the first hurdle in the race to win the league title for the third year in a row, something they haven’t done since 1997. Barça Regal have a full squad available for the trip to Madrid and are determined to lift the last trophy of the season against their greatest rival, Real Madrid.

Sixth meeting of the season

On the back of clashes in every possible competition this season (Super Cup, Cup, Euroleague, regular phase), Barça Regal and Real Madrid will go head to head for the last time this season in the play-off final for the title. The last time the two teams met in the Palacio de Deportes, in round 31, Madrid coach Pablo Laso saw his team win 78-65, though the result was in doubt until the final quarter when Madrid stormed to a 28-18 finish.

El Clasico always a close game

Games between Barça and Real Madrid have always been finely balanced, as this season and the record books of ACB finals will testify. Both clubs have taken the title five times in the ten finals they have disputed until now. This season, Real Madrid have tipped the balance against Barça with three wins to two.

In terms of trophies the two clubs are also tied - Real Madrid won the Super Cup while Barça added yet another Spanish Cup to the Club’s trophy cabinet.

Navarro, decisive

Barça Regal team captain Juan Carlos Navarro is a man for the big occasion and holds the record in the current squad for points scored against Real Madrid. In the regular phase game he tallied 33 points in Barça’s win (96-89) and obtained a valuation of 44.

Erazem Lorbek will undoubtedly add to the Barça threat. The Slovenian was instrumental in Barça’s march to the Cup final last February in Vitoria, taking 24 points against Real Madrid.

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