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Laso: “The tie isn't over, it's always tough to win in Valencia”

NEWS | 09/06/2019

“To win at La Fonteta we'll have to play better than we did in both home games”, warned the Whites' coach.
Pablo Laso spoke to Realmadrid TV to assess the third game in the semi-final play-off with Valencia Basket, to be played at La Fonteta (Monday, 9:00pm CEST). The coach warned of the threat posed by the opposition on their turf: “We're expecting the best version of Valencia at home, they've got the support of their fans and it's a big atmosphere. We'll have to play better than we did in the two home games if we want to win it”.

“We experienced two very different games in Madrid. The first, we dominated from the start and looked great. They came into it off the back of the Unicaja tie and struggled to change their mentality but they managed in the second clash. We saw a very different Valencia then, causing us real problems, especially in the first half. We had to work very hard to turn it around”.

The tie
“These ties are never over until they are over. Every game is different. Being 2-0 up gives you breathing space overall but I still think there's a long way to go and it's always tough for us to win in Valencia. The start of the second game showed what a great Valencia are and they're not in the semi-finals by coincidence. They're EuroCup champions”.

“If we want to win the tie and book our place in the final we'll have to put on a great display. This is not over. We've seen teams improve game to game in the play-offs. Regardless of the results, we have to think about playing better every day and that's what we'll try and do in Valencia”.

The opposition's intensity
“We're saw a very powerful Valencia team in the second game. It was a tough match and we struggled to get going. They've been very solid at La Fonteta all season as well. We will have to combat that intensity, strength and energy that Valencia will have in the same way”.