Rueda de prensa de Pablo Laso

Laso: "Playing on our court gives us strength and I'm expecting a great atmosphere against Panathinaikos”

NEWS | 23/02/2020

"We hope to put on a good show", added Laprovittola.
Pablo Laso and Laprovittola previewed Monday's EuroLeague Round 26 match-up between Real Madrid and Panathinaikos (9pm CET), with the Whites' coach commenting that: "Returning to the WiZink Center is always a delight, it's a setting in which there's always a vibrant atmosphere and knowing that we're playing on our own floor gives us strength. The team is on a good run. We know how tough the match against Panathinaikos will be and I hope there'll be a great atmosphere, although it's an odd day for the game, with it being a Monday. The team has to be ready".

"Having won the Copa del Rey gives you confidence. We produced some really good performances and the results were good, but tomorrow's is a different game. We've come up against Panathinaikos lots of times and it's a team that's focused heavily on Calathes, who's a really key player. It's a team that scores a lot of points and is versatile. It's likely the best or one of the best teams in the EuroLeague because it has loads of ability. If you let it play on an open floor it's a real danger, they play with great tempo and want to run you around".
"It's been a tough week because the trip to Málaga saw us lose three players and then there was the exertions of the other players. Llull and Randolph are ruled out. Taylor will struggle to make tomorrow's game, but we're keep trying until the last minute to see if he can be involved. The rest of the roster have trained well. Llull asked me to bring him off towards the end in Málaga because he'd injured his calf and the tests showed that it was something more serious. Let's hope that he's back and fit as soon as possible".

Laso: "Panathinaikos is a really high-scoring and versatile team".

"You've got to be positive and think about the team. Others will play because, at the end of the day, this is a team game. Great players are able to look at things from a different angle and understand that it's part of the game. He has to recover properly and get back and playing as soon as possible".
"In the league, we've got the issue of the player limits that we've got to respect. It's tough for a player when that they can be out of the team because of something like this, but I'm certain that when he does play, he'll do well. He had some bad luck when he joined with his injury, but we have to wait and be aware that you've always got to be ready to help out".
"In tactical terms, the team is well coached, but I can't control the quality of the players. We've got a lot of offer, both in offense and defense. In terms of our tactical work, we always think about what the players can offer and we give them the freedom, within a game, to make the most of their strengths".

Laprovittola: "We showed that we're a winning team"
"We return home, we hope for a good reception and to put on a good show throughout the game. They'll come here to press us, run and try to assert their tempo and we've got to be strong. We put a lot into the Fenerbahçe game, it's a tough court but the team responded well and showed that we've ready to play. I felt good after not having featured in recent games".
"We're very well placed, despite Anadolu Efes, who's in good form, having pulled away a bit. We're also performing well and showing that we're a winning team. We'll be giving our all".
"For me as a point guard, it's a personal challenge. He's the star man for this team. He spends a lot of time on the ball and we're going to need everyone's help to defend against him".