09 September 2012
Pablo Laso was satisfied following Real Madrid’s victory and drew positives from the game against Asefa Estudiantes: "The team suffered until the end and closed out the game." Also, the Whites’ coach spoke of his team’s flawless pre-season form: "We have won all four games but we still have a lot to do" and academy player Willy Hernangómez said they are "very happy with it."
The Whites’ coach said that both positives and negatives can be taken from these games and that improvements can be made for the start of the season: "We played at a high intensity at the start of the game. We are probably still not ready to play two games so close together, but it is something that we have to get used to. During the season we will have many games like that with Euroleague and the Endesa League and it is very important that we are able to recover and make put in the effort in two consecutive games. That is what hurt us after the start of the game. They caused us problems in two ways in particular; the 14 offensive rebounds and our 21 turnovers. In total, 35 possessions that we should have retained possession for the majority"
As for the positives, Laso highlighted the team’s good decision making at important moments: "On a positive note, the team suffered until the end and close out the game well and we won the tournament. I'm happy but I think it's a game that we should learn a lot from." He also said that it is important to win even in friendlies, which is Real Madrid’s only mentality whenever they set foot on court: "I always play to win. In other games we made mistakes but we also managed to win by a bigger points difference. We have won all four games but we still have a lot to do. We have been training for two weeks and it has been a slightly different pre-season. It is clear that we always play to win and we have to keep growing as a team and, of course, I'm happy for the win."
Finally, Laso had words about the academy player Guillermo Hernangómez, for whom he sees a bright future: "He's working really well with us. This is a guy who has come to us in good form and this year he will be in the first team squad like Dani Díez and Jorge Sanz were last year. There are still areas in which he has room for improvement, but that is normal. He is working very hard and we are very happy with him. But we would not want him to feel pressure and for him to feel like he is the team’s saviour.”