By Panos Katsiroumbas/ firstname.lastname@example.org
CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos, Real Madrid and Fenerbahce are ready for the battles of the semifinals of this year’s Final Four, which is going to be hosted in the Sinan Erdem Dome, and the Magnifying Glass is going to analyze the two big appointments for the readers of Eurohoops as only… we know!
Real Madrid and Fenerbahce are going head to head in the second semifinal. The singularity of this pair is that we have a repeat of the 2015 semifinal in the Final Four that took place in Madrid, with Real prevailing easily and then lifting the trophy. This time we’re going to have the exact opposite scenario, with Fener being the home team, even if the final phase isn’t going to be held in their own arena but the Sinan Erdem Dome.
Last year, the two teams met in the playoffs phase, with Zeljko Obradovic’s team winning the series 3-0, while this year, the teams have shared the victories. In the game in Istanbul, Fenerbahce prevailed 78-77 in a game that had a dramatic finale, and in Madrid – in a very mediocre game in terms of quality – Real managed to get the win in the end with 61-56.