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Navarro in game one of the final. / PHOTO: ACB Photo

Everything is set for a dramatic evening in which FCB Regal will be looking to change history. They need to win tonight in Madrid if they want to avoid taking the series to Barcelona with a 2-0 deficit to make up for.

Game two of this ‘clásico’ Liga Endesa final is at the same Palacio de los Deportas de la Comunidad de Madrid as the first, the all-whites having got the series off to a 1-0 start in a game where the biggest talking point was the controversial play involving Víctor Sada.

Concentration, intensity and confidence

A good start will help the Catalans to believe that victory is possible. Barça Regal need to be as focused as possible and avoid the doubts that marred their play early on in the first match.

It’s going to be an intense affair. Barça will need to be strong in defence and find a way to counter Madrid’s aggressive offensive tactics. And there’s no reason that the side with the best defensive record of the regular season can’t believe they can do it.

Defying stats

History tells us that on all 17 previous occasions that the finalist with home court advantage has won the opening game, they have gone on to collect the trophy. So Barça Regal will need to change history if they want to be champions for the third year in a row. There is sure to be no shortage of drama this evening as these two rivals go head-to-head once again with the ACB championship at stake.

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