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Laso: “Khimki are a talented team”

NEWS | 11/01/2018

“Defense has been key to our growth”, added Yusta.
Pablo Laso and Santi Yusta spoke to the press before Real Madrid's game against Khimki in Russia (Friday, 6:00pm CET). The coach said: “Khimki are a highly talented team, the way they play in particular. Shved really creates a lot for his teammates”.

"They are comfortable being a physical and imposing team, they create many counterattacks and score points in open play. We will have to be strong on the counter and use our offensive and defensive strengths. They are fighting to get into the playoffs and they also won us in the first leg, so it will be a difficult, tricky game. "
 
Shved
"Without Robinson, they have lost a player with a key role but they are covering it by bringing in Honeycutt. They play with a short team in height but they jump higher because they are very athletic. I do not think we can stop Shved from scoring too many. It will be a team effort to work on him. Their real strength lies in what Shved generates."

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“The team has been finding its feet, looking for the best way to play. Tavares coming has been key, especially after the injuries to Kuzmic and Ayón. Things have taken time and we have been improving day by day. And other players have made great steps forward. These players in principle were going to have less of a key role and in the end, they are doing things very well. That makes the team so competitive every time we go out there. "

Yusta: “We have all stepped up a gear”
“All of the players have improved drastically, we are playing with more intensity and that ins shown in every game. We are defending well and that is a sign of the team improving. I try to do my best every time I get the chance. Khimki are a good team but we have been doing really well. We have to keep an eye on Shved and defend him as tightly as possible”.
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