NEWS | 12/06/2018 | Nacho Díaz | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero“We have to play brilliantly if we want to be champions”, stated Laso.
"We are happy with what we have done in recent years, playing well, keeping together a core of players and year after year adding new members. Since Laso arrived, we have always been there, in the finals and doing battle for titles, that is what a club like Real Madrid asks of us. We are desperate to win and show our best play. "
"It will be a great game for the spectator. Baskonia have three point-guards with a lot of quality, they are different, and we are going to try keep them from their best level so that we can be at our best. Stopping Marcelinho is a tough job and doing it alone is worse. It's a team effort, you need your teammates and you have to defend as a team."
"We have been tough at home to win home court advantage and I just want to plea with our fans to fill up the Palacio and witness these great nights."
Laso: "This season at home was great"
"We are the two teams that have proven to be the best during the season, and we’re here in the playoffs. Baskonia have been solid this season and the two are facing off. To get here we had to suffer and we know it is a difficult and will be an even playoff against a great team. We are confident that we can be crowned champions and we know that to do it we will have to play at a great level and weather the storm."
"Playing at home you get through the season. The season at home has been very good, we had a great atmosphere in the Palacio in the matches and we saw a strong bond between fans and the team. It's a final and regardless of the home court advantage. We're going to have to play at a very high level to beat a team like Baskonia."
"Welcome and congratulations to Julen for becoming the new coach. We are talking about a great manager who has shown real class at club level and now in at the helm of the Spanish national team and will be a leader at Real Madrid. It's a huge challenge but he is coming to a great club where everyone will pitch in. "
"The subject of favouritism does not matter to me. I have been in situations in which I have been favourite, others in which I have not, and for me what we think within the team is the real key. I know that we can be favourites but nobody believes they are favourites. Each match is a challenge and an opportunity for us and that should not change the way we play our game. We never think that we are the favourites or victims. We have a job to do and we will try to do our best".