SPAIN.- With two new titles in their showcases, the Spanish Super Cup and the Endesa League, and the bitter taste of the finals lost by the minimum in the Copa del Rey and the Euroleague, Real Madrid put an end to one of their his most difficult seasons, in which he has had to face problems of all kinds, although it ended with the joy of adding a new league title to his record.
To the numerous casualties that have significantly reduced the squad throughout the season, which especially affected the point guard position, the white team has added a good handful of absences due to Covid and even their coach, Pablo Laso, suffered a heart attack after one of the semi-final matches which has prevented him from sitting on the bench from that day on.
The problems did not stop there. The team was unable to count on Jaycee Carroll this year, the foreigner with the most appearances in Real Madrid’s history. His return was expected throughout the season and, in fact, the club did not remove his photograph from the squad roster until May, weeks before paying him a well-deserved tribute in front of his fans.
And he also faced situations of indiscipline. Pablo Laso decided to separate Thomas Heurtel, one of this year’s great signings, and Trey Thompkins on March 31 and since then they have limited themselves to training with their teammates and have not played again except for the three minutes he gave him the coach to the French base when the second match of the semifinal against Bitci Baskonia was already decided, a measure that many considered a punishment.
Heurtel’s absence in the decisive part of the season adds to the injuries of the rest of the team’s directors of play. Carlos Alocén tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in mid-February and is not expected until the end of the year.
In addition, Nigel Williams-Goss ended his first year with the team in the semifinal of the Euroleague Final Phase after injuring his ankle and Sergio Llull and Alberto Abalde have missed some of the last league games due to muscle problems.
Faced with such a panorama, Laso pulled on an Adam Hanga who more than fulfilled the position of ‘one’ and gave more minutes to the young Juan Nuñez, one of the great jewels of his quarry. Making bobbin lace on the board, the whites dispatched Baskonia on the fast track in the semi-finals (3-0) and have been superior to Barça in the ACB final.
Few believed that the white team would be able to reach a new Euroleague final (they lost it against Anadolu Efes by 57-58) and that they would take the League from a Barça that, since the arrival of Sarunas Jasikevicius, had taken the measure when the Madrid squad was plunged into a game and results crisis at the beginning of 2022 and that set off the alarms in the white entity.
Due to everything that has happened this season, the sixth League with Pablo Laso at the controls after deactivating an eternal rival who had home court advantage, tastes like glory for a Real Madrid team that is already working on putting together a team with guarantees for continue to reissue their hits from September onwards.
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