FC Bayern Munich is hoping to ride the wave of the momentum that offer two consecutive wins in the EuroLeague and the German Bundesliga.
The Bavarians are facing undefeated Olimpia Milano for Round 6 of the top-tier European competition. Bayern head coach Andrea Trinchieri called Milan the best team in Europe.
“Milan’s is loaded with a lot of individual quality. They are very, very experienced and currently the best team in Europe,” said coach Trinchieri.
“They already reached the Final Four last season and are clearly one of the candidates for the title. For us, the main thing now is to bring consistency to our performance, even with such a tough task.”
The two teams faced each other in last season’s EuroLeague playoffs, with Milan prevailing in five games and securing a place in Cologne’s Final-Four.
As for Tuesday’s matchup, Bayern will play against Milan without Leon Radosevic and Paul Zipser, who are out with long-term injuries. Bayern registered its first EuroLeague win against Zalgiris last week.
Olimpia Milan stands at 5-0 and remains the big favorite striving for the European crown in the third year of massive efforts. Ettore Messina’s club is sharing the top of the standings with FC Barcelona.
“Milan is a super team. We still want to take the next step,”said FCBB guard Nick Weiler-Babb. “Last season, Milan pushed us to our best basketball in every duel. We want to be competitive this time as well.”