Maccabi Tel Aviv will travel to Moscow today (Thursday) ahead of tomorrow’s game against Himki in the fifth round of the Euroleague, a meeting that will be held without an audience due to high morbidity in the city.
As is well known, Yannis Sapropoulos and his players have won just one game this season and lost the last three in a row, but Himki is in an even more precarious position – she is without a win this season – and for the Yellows this is an opportunity not only to return to victory,
“Most of their players are back after the Corona problems and they may not be fit, but they are still dangerous,” he said Yannis Sapropoulos At the press conference, this is a very talented team, we need to be focused on defense. In most games we scored, but the opponent also scored a lot of points. In an away game, you have to play better defensively. “
On the sequence of losses: “We are facing a situation that we have not had in the last two years, but this is a new season, a strange season with strange conditions because of the Corona. I’m not looking for excuses, but this is the reality, we made preparations for a season that was not enough, because of the corona. The conditions we are playing now are not like any team before us. We lost three games in a row, but we could only avoid Bayern because it was a home game. “
The missing are missing: “We miss Sussman who is a player of a defensive nature, and he helps us to be tougher on defense. Caspi is a big body that we are missing, a very experienced player, a player who can give us a lot of attack. Once we have them all, we will have a more perfect staff. We are currently looking for solutions and I expect all players to transcend. We need to be more effective offensively, especially against a team like Himaki who is very offensive. We can not give them freedom in attack. “
Changes in the quintet: “When you are not playing well, you have to make a lot of changes in the quintet and look for solutions. When you win then the rotation is clearer. “Our roles are slowly becoming clearer, I think the new players understand more what I want from them, and the more we train and play together we become more coordinated.”
The short preparation: “I told the management that because we finished last season so late and it was such a difficult season, the upcoming season will not be easy, and that is what it is until now. It’s too early to judge the continuation of the season, it’s a long season, it’s a marathon. everything is open. As we lost against Bayern, we can win a similar game away, as we have done in the past. “If we had lost by 20 points, I might have been more stressed, but because we lost three games at the end, we could have won three games at the end and we were 0-4 and we were much more optimistic.”
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