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Laso: “It looked easy but we had to work hard”

NEWS | 08/11/2018

“It was a very disciplined and complete performance”, added Llull.
Pablo Laso, Sergio Llull and Gustavo Ayón have discussed the madridistas' win over Maccabi in Tel Aviv. The Whites coach reflected: “It looks easy when you see the scoreboard but we had to work hard. I think we dominated in the first half, rebounding and defending well. And after that we moved the ball nicely. We controlled things very well in the second half”.

“We were able to control their best players from a defensive point of view and our one-on-one efforts were fantastic. I'm thrilled to have won in Tel Aviv because we know how difficult it is to do that here. Looking at the stats, the difference was huge on the rebound and that helped us control the game. We ran a lot, carved out good shooting chances and found players in good positions”.

Great start
“We're still at the start of November. There are three teams who have kept their coach and the majority of their roster, without too many changes and that's an advantage. But it's a very long season. Last year we had a lot of problems with injuries, but we kept going and ultimately lifted the trophy. I'm pleased with how we've started the season but there's still a long way to go”.

Llull: “We know how difficult it is to win here”
“It was a very disciplined and complete performance and we deserved the victory. We played a great game, superb in defense and we controlled the rebound well. We played our game and shared the ball around in offense. We know how difficult it is to win here, at a court like this in front of such impressive fans, and other teams who come here will struggle. We have to be pleased and keep working hard. We showed the right attitude. When this team loses, they react well and we showed that again tonight".

Ayón: “It was time to step up”.

“We've started well in the Euroleague and this is the path to follow. We know it's only just begun but it's important to keep picking up wins to finish as high up as possible. We're first and foremost a team, we all try to do our bit to get the win. Sometimes you have to score points, others its defending, and if we play like we did today, teams will struggle to beat us”.

Ayón: “We were all fantastic”
“After what we saw on Sunday it was time to step up and we were all fantastic. We helped each other out well in defense and that's what makes Real Madrid as great as it is. Some days certain guys will be on fire, others it'll be others, that's what makes the team. We don't rely on one player, we rely on all of us to win games. It's a hugely important victory on the road because playing away from home is tough”.

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