Real Madrid can count on Llull in the derby of quarterfinals (21:30, #Vamos) of the Copa del Rey against Movistar Estudiantes. The question was cleared in the last training before the game. Pablo Laso did it: «He would like to be better, but he is ready to play». The base does not arrive in the best conditions for the tournament, but his muscular problems seem to have subsided.
Llull has not played since last February 1 hardly did three minutes in the visit of Madrid to Darussafaka. The white team won in Turkey, but the base suffered from discomfort in the abductor. This physical problem has nothing to do with the serious knee injury he suffered with the national team in the summer of 2017. The break Llull it has resulted in two defeats (Unicaja and CSKA) and a victory (Baskonia) before the Cup. The season is not easy for the most determined player of the whites and he has already been chosen twice as MVP of the tournament (2012 and 2017). Madrid have played 42 games and he has lost 10. Laso was not very optimistic on Wednesday: «Sergio has not trained today and we will see tomorrow. If the Cup were in a week, I would play for sure, but on Friday I do not know if I can do it ». The tests carried out this morning have confirmed their presence before the schoolboys.
The decline of Llull it has caused that Campazzo is forced to play many minutes and that Klemen Prepelic has to act as an emergency base. The Argentine has averaged more than 30 minutes in the last four games of the Endesa League and 26 in the Euroleague. The Slovenian, in a position that is not his own, has increased his presence in court notably: 12 minutes on average in the ACB and 15 minutes in Europe. In addition, the schedule of the semifinal (21:30) forces Madrid to play three games in less than 72 hours if it claims to be champion.
Precisely in the base position will be one of the keys of today's game against Movistar Estudiantes. Omar Cook, the director of student play, is the soul of the schoolboys and the best passer of the League. "He is the man that sets our pace and the best player I've played with", said Darío Brizuela from his partner.