Laso: "The team looks in good shape to me and is focused on the tie"

“We showed during the season that we know how to get over the injuries”, said the coach.
Before flying to Athens to play the first two games in the playoff against Panathinaikos, Pablo Laso spoke to the media at Real Madrid City: "We know that to qualify we will have to win in Athens. We had physical problems throughout the season, but we know that it’s an important phase and the team has worked well to reach the important and difficult part of the season. We hope to play our best basketball and take the playoff forward".
 
"In this type of match the home-court advantage is important. We would have liked to have had it in our favor but that's it. In my head I’m only thinking about the first game because I think it’s the best way to look at the tie. The team looks in good shape to me and is already focused on the tie. We know what we’re playing for and I’m calm. You always have to think that this tie comes at a good time".
 
Squad list
"Campazzo tried to recover thinking about what was coming up, but it wasn’t possible and he’s still a few weeks away. Hopefully, it will be as quick as possible. His injury comes at an unfortunate time because he was playing very well, but we showed during the season that we know how to get over things like this".

We hope to play our best basketball and take the playoff forward.

"As for Llull, he's much better, training with the team but not traveling to Athens. Randolph has had a problem during training but will travel, and Rudy is fine. In general, those that are traveling are fine. What worries me is the team more than a player, everyone is important. They know that they will have to give an extra to get through the tie".
 
Keys of the tie
"There are aspects in their game that we should take into consideration. It’s a team that plays with rhythm and control of the game. They have good shooters, a very athletic team, versatile and very complete, which they have shown during the season. They are unbeaten in the Greek League and have qualified for the EuroLeague playoff with ease. To win we’re going to have to do a lot of things well".
 
Xavi Pascual
"I think he's a great coach and every game we've played is always different. We both know how difficult this playoff will be for both teams".