21 September 2012
One represents experience, the other new vitality. Felipe Reyes, captain of Real Madrid, and Willy Hernangómez, who grew up in the youth ranks of the Whites, spoke about their week's goal which lies ahead, i.e. the Super Cup, marking the start of the official competition. For both, despite the distance between the matches, the key word is "motivation and eagerness".
Felipe Reyes, hardened to all types of matches and battles, with a number of victories behind him and being one of the most veteran players of la Liga Endea, faces this season with eagerness. He knows that the first stop is the Super Cup in Zaragoza and he also knows that the match against the home team will not be easy. "The CAI will play at home with their fans and are going to be very excited and eager to do it very well. It's not going to be an easy match at all". Moreover, the Super Cup, the first title of the season, is hard for Real Madrid, which is why, after having played a superb pre-season, the Whites will give their all. "The Super Cup is a competition which is hard for us. We've never won it. We all want to bring this trophy back to Madrid because I think that the club deserves to have it in its trophy cabinets. We're going into it so eager to play well in the tournament".
Another player who is going into it very eager is Willy Hernangómez, one of the highlights of the home-grown Real Madrid players. The centre is living his dream. After having played the pre-season with the first squad, he will also take part in the Super Cup, something which he is delighted to do. "They're already saying to me that the Super Cup is the first title we have and it is so important to win it. We have worked well during the pre-season and we will work well this week to try to win it. Very few people have the opportunity to take part and for me it's clear that I have to take advantage of it". For Hernangómez, everything he is experiencing is a kind of gift. Moreover, he is normally a spectator during the first team's matches in el Palacio. He talks about this difference. "It's a bit different experiencing it from the inside, than from the outside. I usually go to el Palacio to see the matches. From the outside, it's clear that they are a good team and from the inside, an incredible one. The truth is that I am very happy to be able to help them". And he does not hesitate in praising the players who have shown that they are more than in shape this pre-season and who are helping him in adapting to the dynamics ACB: "I am very happy to have played next to Mirotic. He's an incredible player, he helps me and supports me a lot. He gives me very good advice. We have got on really well this pre-season and the truth is that I am proud to play by his side".