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Real Madrid - Bauru

Laso: “As a club we have made history: becoming football and basketball world champions in the same year”

NEWS | 27/09/2015

“I'm extremely proud of the magnificent effort that led to the team winning this Intercontinental Cup title“, he added.
Pablo Laso expressed his joy after the fifth title win. The coach assessed the triumph in the Ginásio do Ibirapuera press room: “I'm very happy on a personal level and proud of my players and the work they've put in because it was a magnificent effort. We hold this title in very high regard and are delighted to have won it”.

“Six of my players were in action in the European final last Sunday night and another two were playing in the FIBA Americas Championship and had to integrate with the rest of the team extremely quickly. We knew how difficult it would be against Bauru on their court, with everything that transpired over the course of the 80 minutes of play... Our character showed, as too did the importance we gave these two games, from the very first minute. We didn't play perfect basketball but the fans got to enjoy a great Intercontinental Cup final”.

Historical team
“Hopefully we are remembered as the Real Madrid side of Reyes, Llull, Sergio Rodríguez, Nocioni and all the other players who contributed during the season. We were able to maintain a very high level throughout and always remained competitive, and that's what I regard most highly about this team. You could see that today. The team showed character in order to win the Cup”.

We regard this title very highly because it's very difficult to get this far.

“We knew well that there were 80 minutes to play in this final and that there would be ups and downs but we grew into the series and final quarter was crucial, we knew it would be. I'm not sure if it was the trickiest final because every final poses its own difficulties. It's very tough to get this far and not only am I left with the good feeling of having won but also of having experienced everything we did to get here”.

The importance of the Intercontinental Cup
“As a club we have been proclaimed world champions in football and basketball in the same season. That is an historic achievement for the club. For us this tournament is hugely important. I'd like to point out that the two teams had to do a lot to get here”.

“Chapu has something within him that can't be taught. I got to play with him. When we brought him to Real Madrid we wanted to tap into that thing he has inside because it has a knock-on effect on the rest of the players. Obviously his basketball ability was a major reason as well. We knew what he would give us. We all value having Nocioni on our team very much”.