26 September 2012
Real Madrid starts out the regular season this Sunday (7:00 pm, 1) against Unicaja and it does so after winning the first title of the season. The Super Cup has been a balm for the team led by Pablo Lazo, but the squad knows that they have to keep making their greatest effort if they want to be able to proclaim themselves the champions of the Endesa League, as Rudy Fernandez stated in the presentation of the national competition. “We’re coming from having won the Super Cup, but now the League starts against a very tough team that has a lot of new players, so we’ve got to do very well if we want to beat them. Winning titles helps you a lot, but you’ve got to keep your feet on the ground, knowing who we are and that this League is going to be tough. So we’ve got to keep working and doing it well, that’s very important”.
Marcus Slaughter, also newly arrived, showed his charm in the presentation and it's no wonder. The Californian hasn’t lost yet with Real Madrid, but he has already learned that you have to fight hard for each victory. “We’re coming from winning the first title of the year, so we’re happy. However, we know that the League is going to be tough and we are all working so as to start the best way possible and go step by step. I haven’t lost yet with Real Madrid, so I don’t know what it feels like to lose. I’m happy, and the more we win, the better, but we will have to work hard to continue to do so well”.
The team also has a margin for improvement and it aims to continue progressing in the beginning of the League games, where he hopes the fans will continue supporting them: “You have to keep growing as a team. I like Real Madrid’s project. People have got to come to the Palacio, whoever the rival is. And I hope the fans are there, because that’s very important”. In fact, the new white centre confessed: “I’m very happy because this is my first game in the Endesa League and at the Palacio de Deportes, so I’m very excited about the fans and how a game goes in front of our public”.
Rudy, who already became part of the team last season, expressed his “happiness to be able to be with Real Madrid again”, where it seems he has found his place: “When I decided to come here, I knew that the team here was ideal for me, and now we're seeing that that's the case. In addition, Pablo Laso’s philosophy is just right for me".