Olimpia: “training” championship to lead also in the Euroleague

We are entering a key week: from the next matches it will be possible to understand which season will be that of Milan

Milan enters an important week to understand what season it will be. The premises are good because Olimpia is unbeaten after 6 days of the championship and leads alone. He also travels strong in Europe with a tally of 6 wins and one defeat, the same as Barcelona that on Thursday evening will challenge the Milanese at the Forum: whoever wins will find himself alone in the lead. To quantify how far there will be to go, we rely on numbers. The 13 games played so far by Olimpia 2021-2022 between Serie A and Euroleague are the first part of a journey that, if it follows that of last year (championship final and Final Four), will arrive at around 77 last season. As if Marcell Jacobs were at the seventeenth meter of his 100. Given these premises, it is obvious that Thursday evening the Assago Forum will once again be a hot place. Because the people of Olimpia entered victory mode already last year, when Milan returned to the elite of European basketball, close to rewriting history were it not for that basket missed in the semifinals by Punter, precisely against Barcelona . Finding him again cannot fail to warm the Milan fans and players who, in the meantime, are performing the task perfectly also in Serie A. Virtus Bologna, which last June dominated the Scudetto final 4-0 and on 21 September beat the ‘Armani in the Super Cup, is 4 points behind. Ettore Messina, one who has always led teams of 80 games per season, knows very well that from Barcelona to Tortona, from Madrid to Pesaro, from Moscow to Varese, he will have to manage game after game the forces of a group that appears solid, certainly experienced and with the desire to raise an important trophy, such as the Scudetto or the Euroleague, after having toured around it a few months ago. It is an Olimpia born without making the revolution: Hines, Shields, Delaney, Datome and Rodriguez are still there to fight. Melli and Mitoglou entered as champions. So it is not surprising that the first quarter against the Red Star was a basketball textbook, with the others who could not shoot … And it is also inevitable that often the A games, where the level drops a lot compared to the Euroleague, are transformed for Olimpia fans in fun scrimmage. As happened yesterday against Sassari where the AX Armani took a health walk, so they say at the racecourse of a horse that wins by dispersion. The Olimpia at the start of the season does not show any weaknesses, it has destiny in its own hands and leads our basketball to the assault of primacy in the most important continental competition in the days that celebrate the centenary of Italian basketball, formally born on November 2, 1921 at the Colombo Brewery in Milan with the articles of association of the Federation. Messina and his players, in the dressing room walls, seem to have entered into an unwritten pact, but still strong. Son of 0-4 with Virtus Bologna, of that wrong shot from Punter and of a summer spent thinking about it. If in the league the hierarchies are now clear, Thursday is the time to give a clear message also to Europe. And it can be done.

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Olimpia: “training” championship to lead also in the Euroleague

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