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Entrenamiento del Real Madrid de baloncesto en Vitoria

Reyes: “Winning a second Euroleague would be an enormous achievement”

NEWS | 16/05/2019 | Edu Bueno (Vitoria) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero

“We promise commitment and enormous effort to enjoy a great Final Four campaign and to lift the trophy on Sunday”, said Llull.
Following their first training session in Vitoria, several Real Madrid players spoke to the press present at the Buesa Arena to discuss their semi-final clash with CSKA Moscow (Friday, 9:00pm CEST). Reyes spoke about the potential of retaining the title: “It's been one of our main objectives since the start of the season. It would be an enormous achievement to win two consecutive Euroleagues. I'm going to give it my all for every minute, every second I'm on court to help us to win the trophy”.
 
“CSKA Moscow is an equally dangerous team as last year. They've very physical and possess huge quality and experience. We'll have to work well as a team if we're going to win it, defend as a unit so none of their individuals can hurt us”.
 
Fans
“It's great to play in our country because it'll be more accessible for our fans to come and support us. I'm sure they'll make themselves heard and will give us extra strength. They'll be our sixth man”.
 
Llull: “I'm physically back to 100%”
“I'm thrilled to be here and to have made it to another Final Four with my teammates and I'll try and do my bit so we can keep making history. I'm physically back to 100%”.
 
All out for the second in a row
“To win it again would be absolutely incredible. We know how hard it is to win the Euroleague once, let alone to do it twice in a row. We've been doing great things over the last few years and people should be proud because we've become a regular fixture in the Final Four and that's not easy. We promise commitment and enormous effort to enjoy a great Final Four campaign and to lift the trophy on Sunday”.
 
Madridista support
“The fact so many fans are going to be there will of course be in our favour. Vitoria isn't far from Madrid and I hope loads of people will travel to cheer us on. We need them and they'll give us that extra energy which is always vital in these huge games”.

Rudy: “We're going to do our best to retain the title, it would be a historic achievement”.

“We need to try and shackle their big players like Sergio Rodríguez and De Colo, but they're a great side and play very hard, they're extremely physical. We'll have to match that physical edge if we're going to win it”.
 
Rudy: “We want to keep making history with Real Madrid”
“The team can't wait to get started and enjoy everything that comes with being in the Final Four. We've got huge expectations and we're going to try and retain the title. It'd be a historic effort and that's what we've come here to do. We want to keep making history with this club and in this jersey and we'll do all we can to achieve that. First and foremost we have to enjoy it and of course, try and get our hands on the trophy for ours fans and for ourselves”.
 
Semi-final
“Neither team has had many changes to the squad. Both of us have kept a lot of the same players and I think that's an advantage. CSKA have beaten us twice in the Regular Season this year and have played very well. We know the quality they have and how hard they'll make it for us tomorrow. They're a hugely talented group on the outside. Inside, they're very athletic and that helps them when it comes to the defense. They're an extremely strong and very complete team”.
 
Carroll: “We're hungry to compete”
“Each year is different. Both teams have players who have grown into their roles and others who are less involved. We're hungry to compete tomorrow. In games like this, the second group are very important and often they are the key to winning it”.
 
“We had a great play-off and we expect to continue with the same intensity and energy we displayed against Panathinaikos. It's also great news that so many fans are going to make the trip, we're looking forward to seeing them. I hope to see loads of madridistas and that the stadium is full of our fans”.

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