News and opinions
04 September 2012
Looking forward to his second season at Real Madrid, he feels privileged to be in that position. After playing in the Olympic games the Lithuanian is fully focused on progressing in the charge of Laso. Separating himself from the rumours, Pocius says that he has confidence in his team and in his coach: "Pablo told me he wants me here and I want to be here."And he believes that the squad will do better than last year: "I think we have a better team than last year, we can achieve great things."
"I don’t feel like a newcomer, I know what they want from me. I know the coach and the team… I really wanted to be back with the squad and I think we have a better team this year than last year, we can achieve a lot". With these words, Martynas Pocius began the first interview of the season. Steady and confident. The Lithuanian did not doubt for a second his place in the team led by Pablo Laso and had this to say: "I ignore rumours or anything similar. I spoke to Pablo and he said he is happy with me, that he wants me here. And I want to be here".
With respect to his and his teammates’ preparation, Pocius was clear: "We just played two games and we've only had three or four training sessions together. We have done some great work and we all know each other well which will make things easier when it comes to playing. I think for us, with the difficult start we have, knowing each other well will be an advantage, it will be key". He was also explicit when he spoke of the competition that exists outside of the game: “It has always has been that way and always will be. You have to do what the coach asks of you, you have to fight for your place, play well and if you do not deserve to play. For me it's not just about scoring. In this team you have to do many things: defend, rebound, find and make open shots ... give extra energy to the team. That's my role and I'm happy with it".
To Pocius, the year ahead will be hard, but he believes that quality is in the changing room will not leave anyone in any doubt. "We are on track. Last year we had only trained a week before the Super Cup and played well, but lost the semi-final in the closing minutes. This year we are more prepared, with more training and matches, so it's a good moment for us. We all know each other well and I think we'll do well. The Copa del Rey, the league and the Euroleague ... it’s going to be a tough year but with the players we have and the chemistry in the changing room we are going to go very far".