Huertas bouncing the ball

Marcelinho Huerta in action at the Palau / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE

The next stage of the Euroleague is about to get under way and FC Barcelona start at the Palau Blaugrana at home to Anadolu Efes (20.45, Esport 3), one of seven top class opponents that they’ll be facing in this round. The players all know what a big challenge awaits them, and that getting off to a winning start is absolutely crucial.

One at home and two away

That is made all the more important by the fact that after enjoying home advantage against Anadolu Efes, FC Barcelona then go on the road to Fenerbahce Ulker and Olympiakos. With the other opponents being Panathinaikos, Unicaja, Caja Laboral and Emporio Armani, any setbacks will be very costly indeed.

Juan Carlos Navarro spoke about the importance of the game after his side lost at Real Madrid. “What we have to do now is focus on our next match on Thursday against Efes, which really is important” he said. “We have to start the Top-16 in the best possible way”.

The squad trained on the morning of the 31st at 11.30 and have another session in the evening on New Years Day. Marko Todorovic is still missing through injury.