Yannis Sapropoulos said ahead of the game: “We start the Euroleague after March, and we are excited that we can compete in the Euroleague games again. The situation is not like in March, we do not have our fans with us, we want to play against them, give them the excitement of the game, unfortunately “Luckily we have to play without them. We have to focus on the game and do the best starting tomorrow, we have Alba who are a very good team, they kept their base from last season, the same coach and the same philosophy, we have to follow our game plan.”
“We finished the previous season very late and started the preparation later from each team. We will try to find our pace of play as fast as we can, without three injured players, with a player who came just this week and did three training sessions. I am not looking for excuses. We are at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Our goal is to win all the games, we will obviously lose games, there is no undefeated team. “
The coach added: “I’m not looking for excuses. We are who we are, I believe in the staff I have and we will go to war like this. A positive thing from the Corona to our team is that we kept the core of the team, our budget went down from last season, everyone understands it, it was hard to keep “Most of the players are with us and it’s a great success for the management and the system to keep most of the players we wanted to keep. We started the preparation with players who know me, and that’s why we didn’t train too much. If we had more new players we would be in a harder situation.”
“I do not know if it is good that the league was postponed, we will not have fatigue but we need games to find our pace of play. We will see the results and know if it was good or bad. We are trying in the current situation to prepare the team in the best way. Bender will need two weeks “Or three to join the team, he did not play in March.”
“We start the season at home, but out of the first 10 games we play six away games, it’s not an easy game board. We can not think about next week, we can think about today and tomorrow, we need everyone to be fine, you saw what happened to Maccabi in football, “If it happens to us or another team, it will be a disaster. We start at home, and obviously it’s a very important game, we don’t have to think about it that way, we have to think about how we play. It’s a marathon, we have to win games and improve our game.”
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