Real Madrid - Valencia

Laso: “Today we showed that we were a great team”

NEWS | 11/02/2021

"We knew we had to come out with that intensity from the first minute," said Deck after the win over Valencia Basket.
Pablo Laso and Gabriel Deck analysed the victory over Valencia Basket in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. The coach was pleased with the team's performance: "It was a very typical cup game, very difficult and tough. We knew about Valencia Basket's ability, because they are a team with a lot of talent, but I must praise the work by all my players. Today we showed that we were a great team, with the feeling that everyone did their job and played their part in the game. That gave us a feeling of solidity throughout the game".
"In the second half they came into the game with the three pointers. In the first half we defended very well, but we managed to find our momentum, especially at the beginning with the lead, and then we managed to control it. I'm pleased with the team's work and now we have to recover as quickly as possible, as we know that there's another final on Saturday".
Praise for Reyes
"As part of the match plans you have in mind the things that can happen. If you noticed, Reyes didn't wait for me to look at him. We had him next to us and on Tavares' first foul he was going to catch Dubljevic. He did a magnificent job and that speaks volumes of a player who doesn't have to prove anything. He's a great player, he's been a great player all his career and he's always there for whatever the team needs and today he showed it. I think, in that sense, both his work and that of the rest of the team in terms of the game plan was perfect".

Laso: “Reyes has done a magnificent job and I'm pleased with his record”.

"I'm very pleased about his minutes’ record because he's a player who always contributes to the group. He has a lot of experience. It hasn't been an easy season for him, but he hasn't stopped working and he's shown that he is ready for whatever he needs. This says a lot about the player. His track record is impressive and at Real Madrid he's a player that everyone admires and I'm the first admirer. He has been very important in the game and in the time I've been coach".
Record number of matches and message from Lolo Sainz
"It's an emotional message. He's one of the greatest coaches in the world. I was lucky enough to play with him in the national team and I have a fondness for him. Breaking a record speaks very highly of the work over time and that people value the whole team".
Game plan
"It's in the DNA of this team to be competitive and I try to transmit that to them. As a coach, my obligation is to push them. I try to support them and correct them the most and today I corrected them very little because they were magnificent".
Deck: "The team's work was really good".
"We played a great defensive game and then in attack we showed patience, trying to find the best options and we're delighted with the win. We knew it was going to be a tough game and that we had to come out with that intensity from the first minute".
"When we started playing we forgot about the pain and focused on the game. We were very good and we hope to be in the same form on Saturday. We all played really well from the first minute and the teamwork was really good".