TODAY’S – Arroyo-less Galatasaray faces Real, Efes flies to Malaga

Arroyo-less Galatasaray faces Real, Efes flies to MalagaGalatasaray Liv Hospital faces Real Madrid in a crucial outing in Istanbul and Anadolu Efes takes on Unicaja Malaga on the road in the Euroleague Top 16.An ever-turbulent Galatasaray faces an almost impossible mission as coach Ergin Atamanand#39s side takes on Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, Group E leader with a record of 7-1, at Abdi Ipeki ArenaThe Istanbul club aims to defy the odds and bring in a breeze of fresh air with a good result against Madrid.

Ataman lost his key player Carlos Arroyo this week after the Puerto Rican bade farewell to the club due to his unpaid salary.The playmaker made the announcement of his departure over social media, citing the andquotunstableandquot financial status of the club as the reason for his departure.

Ataman was upset with the development and told NTVSpor that he is grateful to Arroyo for what he has given but also disappointed that he abandoned the teamThe departure of the Puerto Rican has definitely weakened Galatasaray, but Atamanand#39s side has been full of surprises this season against all odds, and it definitely needs another one to improve its ranking in Group EAtamanand#39s men are seventh in the group, with a record of two wins and six defeats. Serbian center and scoring leader of the team Zoran Erceg, big man Patric Young and Sinan Guler may lead their side to a stunning comeback on Friday.

Yet it is a task too difficult to achieve with Madridand#39s Sergio Rodriguez Sergio Lull fueling attacks and sharpshooter Felipe Reyes hitting points, among others. Real Madrid clinched a 93-78 win over Galatasaray in their January meeting in Top 16.

Elsewhere, Anadolu Efes hopes to get closer to the leaders of the pack in Group F as it takes on bottom-placed Unicaja Malaga on the road. Dusan Ivkovicand#39s side is ranked fourth, with four wins and four defeats.

The Istanbul club faces Unicaja for the third successive season, and their first meeting this season ended in a 74-70 victory for Efes, which came from 15 points behind at halftime.Efes will rely on Stephane Lasme and Nenad Krstic in the paint.

Top scorer Stratos Perperoglou and point guards Dontaye Draper and Thomas Heurtel, who gradually improves his performance and scoring tally in each game he appears in with the Turkish outfit, are other key players for Ivkovic.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman