Zalgiris will face Barça dressed in the colors of Ukraine

  • The Lithuanian team will take advantage of the match against the Barça team to express their solidarity with the attacked country (7pm, Dazn)

  • “It will be a match marked by emotions”, acknowledges Jasikevicius on his return to Kaunas, which coincides with Lithuanian Independence Day

The war situation in Ukraine will be more present than ever in the game of the Euroleague that this Friday will dispute the Barca on the pitch of Zalgiris Kaunas (7pm, Dazn). As a show of support and solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine, the Lithuanian team will wear a special uniform designed for the occasion in the blue and yellow colors of their flag.

The party will be full of symbols, since on March 11 the independence of Lithuania was declared with respect to the Soviet Unionand the Zalgiris has asked its fans to wear Lithuanian and Ukrainian flags to the pavilion to wave them when the Lithuanian anthem plays before the game.

“It is a very special day for Lithuania. So we have to be prepared for a very emotional Zalgiris and a very emotional audience. It will be a tough game like any other outside the Euroleague”, recognized the Barça coach, sarunas jasikevicius, who returns to his hometown, where he finished his career as a player and where he started as a coach on the bench before joining Barça. A year ago he already visited the Zalgirio Sand as a Barça player, although the match was played behind closed doors due to the pandemic. “I don’t know if it’s casual or a matter of dispatches (playing this game on such an important date),” admitted Sara. “It is difficult to believe that it is a coincidence, but it is very beautiful,” stressed Saras, who a few days ago was already highly critical of the Spanish government’s position.

overcome the ups and downs

He will not be the only one who will experience this match in a special way on the Barcelona side. He will also be for the American center Brandon Davis, with a past in Zalgiris, and especially for the point guard Rockas Jokubaitis , trained in the Kaunas quarry, and joined the Palau this past summer. “There will be many emotions in the pavilion. Family, friends, team Zalgiris, very good memories. It is a match that I really want to play & rdquor ;, explained the Lithuanian point guard, who understands that the conflict in Ukraine is experienced in a special way in his country. “In Spain the news does not reach the people in Lithuania, where we are almost neighbors with Ukraine. These are not good times for the people who live near these countries or for the rest of Europe & rdquor ;.

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When assessing the Zalgiris game, Jasikevicius He warned that the team is experiencing a good moment after winning three of the last four games and its victory in the Lithuanian Cup. “That gives them a lot of peace of mind. They have recovered important players from injuries and Strelnieks, Lekavicius and Cavanaugh they are at a good level & rdquor; pointed out the Barcelona coach, who indicated that the objective for his team will also be to improve consistency. “We have to keep winning, but also play a little better. We are with too many ups and downs and we have to get into better dynamics & rdquor ;.

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