Lasting one of only two teams in the EuroLeague with a perfect home record, Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv will host Ettore Messina's AX Armani Exchange Milan that comes into the game in 7th place with a 10:9 record (Thursday, 21:00, live on Sport5 - channel 55).
Earlier this season, Messina's squad beat the Yellow & Blue 92:88 in Milan, thanks to Luis Scola (20 points) and Sergio Rodriguez (18), who led all reds scorers. After the win in the 9th round, the Italian team lost the next 5 straight games. In the past 5 games, Milan won 3 games losing to CSKA Moscow and Anadolu Efes.
"Milan might come into the game with a 6 game road losing streak, but that doesn't mean they aren't dangerous", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos at the pregame press conference. "We respect them, and although all of their injuries, they have a big roster with quality, and their last loss will give them extra motivation. We need to be very focused, careful, and ready mentally to be tough to play against a good team. Once again, with a soldout crowd, I expect our fans to be our 6th player on the court".
"Milan is a great team, well-coached, and every EuroLeague team is going to be tough, so opponent after opponent, you will have to bring your A-game", Told Angelo Caloiaro to reporters before practice. "We know they are a good team, and we remember they beat us at their place. We take it one game at a time, we got tomorrow's game, and we can't look at our record or standings because you can't control what everyone else does".
"We have enough fuel in the tank, I like to play back to back games, especially if we win one, we just keep the rhythm and energy going into the next one", Said Tyler Dorsey about playing two games in 48 hours. "Milan is a team that is looking for a win on the road, so it's going to be another difficult game for us. They are now more motivated after losing the last one, so they will come in a mentality that they have to get this win".