Rueda de prensa de Pablo Laso

Laso: "We are confident going in to a very demanding week"

NEWS | 13/01/2020

"CSKA are a good team, especially on their court, and you have to go out there and give it your all to win", Mickey explained.
Pablo Laso and Jordan Mickey spoke ahead of the CSKA-Real Madrid game (Tuesday, 6pm CET). The White coach spoke about the calendar: "It is a very demanding week in which we play two big teams in CSKA and Khimki in the Euroleague and then Baskonia at the WiZink Center in the league. But the qualifying situation gives us the confidence to go in to it in good shape. CSKA's court is complicated and their winning percentage there is very high but the team is doing well and competing well".
"If we count from Zalgiris it will be 5 games in 10 days. They are all demanding. We're now linking up three away games with Estudiantes and the two in Moscow and we're finishing up with Baskonia. It's important to put that situation in the real context of the team. We have players who have been injured and who are recovering and are being called up. In principle, we're travelling with everyone except Rudy, who hasn't been able to recover from his back after the Zalgiris game, and Randolph, who is still out. We put Deck and Llull in. We travel with 14. Llull is well and he is ready to play".
"If you lose Higgins, De Colo and Sergio Rodriguez you lose a lot of talent, but they keep Itoudis' identity. Defensively they are very aggressive, they have very athletic plauyers in almost every position. Clyburn's injury has hurt them, but the arrival of Mike James has given them a very unbalancing player. They're showing a lot of competitiveness".
Match preparation
"We've known the schedule since the season started. We would like to have more time to prepare, but the team is working very well mentally in each situation and adapting to different games, as tomorrow's will be".

Laso: "Llull is in good shape and is here to play and is working hard".

"The team is good and competing well and that's what we always ask for. We try to be competitive every day and that the whole group has a leading role. The work of the whole team is what makes you competitive. We are calm and I hope to continue improving as a team knowing that we still have half a season left".
Difficult court
"I haven't won at the CSKA court yet, but we've had some good games there, with some chances to win. We have to be ready for a tough game and I'd like to break that streak as soon as possible".
"Rebounding is very important because they're possessions for the team. It has to be a team effort, to defend at a high level and to be able to rebound. They are an example on the rebound, with versatile and mobile pivots".
Mickey: "You have to go out there and give it your all to win"
"We're happy about this run of undefeated games. Things are going well for us and we're getting better with every game. Against CSKA it will be difficult because they are a good team, especially at home".
Demanding week
"It's a tough week but we're used to playing with this calendar now. We're confident, every player knows what he has to give and we have to go out and give our best to win".