NEWS | 21/06/2020 | Rodrigo Salamanca“When you're playing for a title like this, Real Madrid's winning mentality shines through", said the point guard.
“To beat a team like Valencia, a number of things have to happen. We have to be focused in defense, and when you're solid at the back, you attack better too. They know us well, and vice-versa, but it will be hugely important to maintain our concentration levels”.
Growing into the competition
“We get one day's rest after each game, with a deep squad, and that helps us stay fresh. We're fine in terms of our energy levels and we go into these tournaments, right to the end in the best possible shape. We're used to these kinds of formats: European Championships, World Cups…”.
“We made a lot of mistakes. Lots of shots under pressure, poor defensive plays, and we allowed them to dominate the rebound. From the first minute until the last, we lacked focus and we were trying to force shots under pressure to turn the game. A team like Burgos punishes you for that".
“We have to improve our intensity and our attitude. We know the things we have to do to win trophies. We want to do things right and we'll look at every match like it's a final”.
“It's all a bit odd, with the format of this tournament. Any team can take advantage of the element of surprise. There's no margin for error in this tournament and we have to do the things we showed in the first quarter against Herbalife Gran Canaria. When you're playing for a title like this, Real Madrid's winning mentality shines through".
“I feel great here. I played my 250th game for Real Madrid yesterday and I've always felt appreciated and respected by this club; that's what makes me the happiest. Now, my mind is set on clinching another title alongside my teammates. I've been improving as a player ever since I came into the team and Real Madrid demands you give 100%. I feel confident, both physically and mentally”.