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Rueda de prensa de Pablo Laso

Laso: "My team is ready and 100% motivated"

NEWS | 16/05/2019

"Experience is important but you've also got to have that excitement, hard work, effort and talent", explained the coach in the official Final Four tip-off event.
Pablo Laso and Facundo Campazzo attended the Final Four Vitoria 2019 tip-off press conference, which took place this lunchtime at the Plaza de España. The coach previewed Friday's semi-final match-up against CSKA Moscow (9pm CET) in the following terms: "We've worked for eight months to reach the Final Four. The only thing I feel is that the team is ready. It'll be a great and tough game against CSKA. We lost twice to them in the Regular Season and we'll have to put in a very good performance if we're to beat them".

"It's very difficult to compare teams from different eras and it's very tough to compare from one year to the next. As always, we've lost some key players but we've also signed some other really key players. It's all about building a team. To refer to things in terms of them being better or worse would represent a lack of respect to this year's and last year's roster. I've got massive respect for all of the guys. Last year we were champions and I'm now just focused on how we got to this stage and I'm really proud of the job that everyone's done".

Experience of Final Four
"It's very important, just like in all walks of life, but it doesn't guarantee you anything. You have to have that excitement, hard work, effort and talent. We've been fortunate enough that the team has managed to reach the Final Four in recent years. We've got experience but there are many other important things and if we don't manage to retain our talent and everything else, that's where things will end. It's important to realise what it means to play in a Final Four".

Playing in Spain
"The motivation comes from being here. My team is 100% motivated. If we weren't ready for this, we wouldn't have reached this stage. The fact that we're playing in Spain doesn't mean anything in the sense that it doesn't give us any advantage".