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Rueda de prensa de Pablo Laso

Laso: "I've never played a game behind closed doors"

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NEWS | 02/03/2020

"The only thing I'm thinking about is that it's a EuroLeague match against a great team", added the coach.
Real Madrid travels to AX Armani Exchange Milan in Round 27 of the EuroLeague (Tuesday, 8:45pm CET) and Pablo Laso previewed the contest, which will be played behind closed doors at the Mediolanum Forum, in the following terms: "It influences things to a bigger extent because we're facing a great team. We'll be playing in an empty stadium, which will be a first for us. The only thing I'm thinking about is that it's a EuroLeague match against a great team which is competing for a playoff spot and that it could see us edge closer to gaining home-court advantage".  

"The EuroLeague has said that we have to play and so we'll play. The players know about the situation and we accept it. We have to focus on the game and that's all there is to it".
 
Injuries
"We've got three absentees that we already knew about: Randolph, Llull and Mickey. The former two are progressing gradually and Jordan is a fair bit better. Causeur continues to feel some discomfort, it's nothing serious, but we have to be careful. Then there's the absence of Deck, who had an elbow issue in the match against Unicaja. It's nothing major but he's going to be sidelined for a few days, so we're travelling to Milan with 11 players, but we're fine".

Our next step is to try and secure home-court advantage in the playoffs.

"I've never played a game behind closed doors and don't know if it'll give me an advantage, what doesn't give me an advantage is having five players out injured. The game will be played behind closed doors and that's that. I'm more concerned about the game in itself".

Playoffs
"The fact that we've booked our place in the playoffs with so many rounds still to play says a lot about the team. Our next step is to try and secure home-court advantage. I think we're well on the way to doing so. I don't place much importance on finishing first. We've finished first and didn't then win it and we've finished fifth and we lifted the EuroLeague trophy. I'd like to finish first because it means that you've won more games than anyone, but it's a big ask".
 
The opposition
"It had a very good start to the competition but the schedule and injuries are taking their toll. There are currently a group of seven or eight teams, all separated by a very small number of wins, who'll do battle for three of four playoff spots. It's in that group and I'm certain that they're focused on qualifying. The EuroLeague is a really demanding competition".

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