After beating Panathinaikos Athens on the first day of EuroLeague, AS Monaco are playing their first away game this Friday. The Roca Team are challenging UNICS Kazan, a team they beat in the EuroCup final last May and which they faced in preparation. A reunion therefore even if the two formations have changed. Kazan has notably lost his coach (left … for Panathinaikos) but has come under heavy pressure with Mario Hezonja (5th choice of the 2015 Draft), Tonye Jekiri (revealed to ASVEL in 2019-2020 under the orders of Zvezdan Mitrovic) and former NBA player OJ Mayo. Inside, however, John Brown, pivot Artem Klimenko, point guard Isaiah Canaan and winger (who played very little) Dmitry Uzinski remain on the inside. On the Monegasque side, only Rudy Demahis-Ballou and Rob Gray played this EuroCup 2021 final.
“This EuroCup final against Kazan remains a recent, extraordinary memory, remembers the MVP of the 2021 final. For my part, it was the first time that I played a match in Russia. We have marked the history of the club, now it’s another chapter that opens with the EuroLeague, the biggest European competition. There is a lot of excitement to be successful in this competition. We are also keen to redeem ourselves after the defeat at Levallois. We are going to face a high level team, it will be necessary to perform well in all sectors ”.
Note that Kazan had recruited during the offseason Will Thomas. But released in early September, he joined Monaco. Monaco Info announces that he was not traveling, like Ibrahima Fall Faye and Armel Traoré. Zvezdan Mitrovic will therefore have to rely on the quartet Donatas Motiejunas – Jerry Boutsiele – Brock Motum – Donta Hall inside, with why not minutes given to Alpha Diallo on station 4.
“It will be a very difficult game against a strong team, especially after Kazan’s one-point loss to Zenit, Zvezdan Mitrovic pursuit. We’re going to face a different team than the one we played in pre-season, they’ve had some great players since. But this is also the case on our side. We are going to prepare ourselves to have learned the lessons of the last two matches of the French championship. “
In-between at 6 p.m. French time. Meeting to follow on EuroLeague TV in France.