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Laso: "The team is showing great competitiveness""

NEWS | 16/03/2019

"There's some great work going on at the Real Madrid academy and I'm really delighted for them", stated the coach in reference to the tribute to be paid to the Minicopa champions at half-time.
 Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso looked ahead to Sunday's Matchweek 23 league contest against Baxi Manresa (12:30am) in the following terms: "It's a team that's having a great season and we really struggled to win there. They're having a very good campaign and we'll have to show them the utmost respect from start to finish. They've got a very clear idea about the roles they play and have some great scorers on the outside, like Toolson, some very mobile play from the centers and they're a big threat from three-pointers".

"Manresa started the season brimming with confidence and the wins have further boosted the confidence in their play. Peñarroya and his coaching staff are doing a marvellous job to ensure that they're competitive in all of their games, even in the defeats. They're deservedly sitting in the playoffs".

Ayón ruled out; Randolph is a doubt
"Ayón is out with a sprain, it's only been two days since he did it. He's better but isn't up to playing and he's sure to miss out. As for Randolph, there's a pretty big question mark over him. He has recovered fast and he has trained normal with the rest of the team, but we've got four games in seven days and have to got to administer the players' efforts. The rest of them have all trained well".

Ayón is out and we've got a pretty big question mark over Randolph, although he has now recovered.

"We know that the schedule is very demanding but I see all of the players as being ready and in good form and contributing to the team. That's reassuring for a coach, knowing that what will come to the fore is the effort from the team as a whole. The team has worked very well in this last month and is being very competitive. There's a feeling of consistency in our play, with some days better than others, but we're always solid. The fans also recognise that and in that sense we're very proud of the way they support us day in, day out".

Tribute to Infantil after Minicopa success
"I'm really delighted for them. It's not the first  Minicopa that we've won in recent years and that speaks volumes of the work put in from the youngster in the academy, from Angulo and all of the coaches. We're usually very competitive and reach the final and everyone predicts that we'll win the tournament and it's a tribute to the youngsters that won the Minicopa but it's also one for the academy as a whole, where there's been some great work done in recent seasons".