NEWS | 01/11/2019“There were moments where we made errors but the Palacio lifted us up”, explained the coach.
“We knew it would be hard because we had to play a lot of games in a row, we had lost 48 hours ago. My players deserve credit and I am happy with a win, given that we have to change our focus before the coming game in Vitoria this Sunday”.
The Palacio factor
“The Palacio is so very important to us. Playing at home with our fans behind us… There were moments where we made errors but the Palacio helped us out. Having the fans with us is vital, we really need it. We ask for it but they bring the support themselves. We fuel their fire to make them feel that way. We need our sixth man to get through these tough moments. It was a joint win, thanks to the team and the fans”.
“We want to play a lot of games. We must not think that we are going to lose, that's how we sink. We need to play our best game, but there are some great teams out there. We know that summer can be tough on the team, and this year it was really tough. Some players were here for preseason and five others returned after playing in the World Cup final. It's tricky. We knew that would happen. We cannot give up. We need to understand why we win and lose. You have to give your all every day and today was no exception”.
"I am pleased with Usman. I don't give anyone minutes for the sake of it. I was asked the same thing three or four years ago about another young man... the numbers say he played well. He did well in the youth team and is now prepared to compete in every game for us”.
“Today was his best game, he helped the team a lot. For him to play his best role we need good defense from the others, running, rebounding, etc… I am thrilled with him, there is no doubt how crucial he is for us”.