There are teams that choke you without knowing why. There are no apparent reasons, but over time they end up being a toothache. That happens to Barça with the Bayern Munich in these last two seasons. The Barça team usually sweat the fat drop to carry out their confrontations and this Thursday they needed their most consistent version to subdue the German team on their field at the Audi Dome (72-80). The solvency of Mirotic (11 points, 4 rebounds, PIR 19) and the appearance of Higgins in the second half (16 points, 5 rebounds, 25 PIR) made things easier.
📽️ 𝙃𝙄𝙂𝙃𝙇𝙄𝙂𝙃𝙏𝙎 @FCBBasketball 72-80 Barça 📽️
😁 First victory on the highway @EuroLeague season
– Barça Basket (@FCBbasket) October 7, 2021
Behind so much discomfort, there is always an explanation. In the case of Bayern, you have to look for it on the bench. In the excellence of the Italian coach Andrea Trinchieri, that has turned the Munich team into a consistent, tough block that usually controls the pace, makes few concessions and does not usually leave the games.
History repeated itself this Thursday because, in addition, Bayern, who already completed their best European performance last season, has strengthened well to take new steps forward, although they appeared at the game with many important casualties (Lucic, Dedovic, Radosevic … .). It was difficult for the Barça players to get hooked on the game and they were Hilliard (exBaskonia, among others), DeShaun Thomas (exBarça) and Rub it those who marked the first minutes and gave the initiative to the German team.
DON’T TRY TO CORRECT IT! DO NOT TRY TO TIE IT! 🤬
– DAZN Spain (@DAZN_ES) October 7, 2021
The Barça I could not find fluidity in the face of the starting ring. The appearance of Jokubaitis changed that impression. The Lithuanian guard has that spark capable of igniting a team. Almost nine consecutive points cleared the haze for the Catalans, who were settling to go to rest with an advantage, after a final arreón of Davies and Mirotic (33-44).
The initial blackout of Higgins, surely, it had to do with the offensive problems of Barça, also limited by the loss of the pivot Sertac Sanli. But, in general, the Barça team maintained its consistency behind, which is usually one of its hallmarks, and knew how to have enough patience to take advantage of its opportunities and grow its advantages as soon as Higgins stepped forward and started. to add in attack (11 points in the third period). The US escort was joined at specific moments Mirotic, Davies and Kuric and that allowed to treasure a comfortable advantage with which to face the last period (47-63, m. 30), after taking it to the twenties.
He did not lower his arms Bayern, a disciplined block, with seasoned players, who percuss again and again in the melee, a game in which the Catalans are not usually comfortable and that led them to accumulate many more losses than usual (up to 18), an aspect fundamental to understand that he did not close the game before despite his control. With the rope around their necks, the players of Trinchieri they still had the strength to tighten the score in the last two minutes (68-74), although not to avoid Barcelona’s second victory in the competition.
Bayern Munich, 72- FC Barcelona, 80
Bayern Munich: Weiler-Baab (4), Walden (5), Hilliard (18), Thomas (14), Rubit (13) -starting five- Hunter (6), Jaramaz (3), Sisko (7), Schiling (2) .
7 of 19 triples (Thomas, Hilliard, 2). 14 rebounds, 5 offensive (Thomas, 4). 14 assists (Sisko, 4 years old)
FC Barcelona: Calathes (6), Higgins (16), Hayes (6), Mirotic (11), Davies (15) -starting five- Martínez (-), Smits (3), Orihuela (4), Laprovittola (2), Kuric ( 8), Jokubaitis (9).
9 of 18 triples (Kuric, Calathes, 2). 17 rebounds, 3 offensive (Mirotic, 4). 18 assists (Higgins, 5 years old)
Partial: 15-16; 18-28; 14-19; 25-17
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.