Pablo Laso

Laso: "We know the importance of this game and the whole team is very committed"

NEWS | 07/04/2021

"We have to be very focused from the start and we'll have a chance of getting the win", Carroll said before the Fenerbahçe game.
Pablo Laso and Jaycee Carroll discussed the final game of Euroleague Regular Phase that sees Real Madrid take on Fenerbahçe on Turkish soil (Thursday, 7:45pm, CEST). The coach explained: "We know how difficult it will be but the fact that it's in our own hands speaks volumes about the work the team has put in, although logically we would have liked to have already qualified. The team is aware and we know the importance of this match".
"You're playing for a place in the Euroleague playoffs, which was one of our objectives at the start of the season, and we're playing on a very difficult and tough court against a team that has already qualified and has had a magnificent second half of the season. If all goes to plan, we will travel with 14 players. We have some injured, others who have just come back from injury, Randolph, who has been injured for a while and Tristan, who is staying in Madrid. The important thing is that all 14 players are ready and we'll decide depending on the situation".

Laso: "One of our objectives at the start of the season was to get into the Euroleague playoffs".

"Fenerbahçe has improved as a team during the season. With a new coach, new players and gradually they've found their style of play. They're one of the best teams in the second half of the season. They're physical in every position, they've got great scorers like De Colo and the arrival of Guduric and O'Quinn has given them a different dimension to their game. They're always a difficult team to play against and on their court it's also complicated. We're expecting Fenerbahçe to be at their best and we'll have to play a great game".

The team's strength
"Throughout the season you can highlight one player in each game, but in the end it's the team that ultimately brings you the wins. Against Olympiacos, the team performed like a team and it was a clear example and that speaks well of the group. Everyone is very committed and that's why I'm relaxed. It's very important for games like tomorrow''.

Carroll: "We have to be ready for a difficult game"
"We know that Fenerbahçe is a good team and have a lot of talent. They're also very athletic and very physical, with big, fast players who play very hard. They have a very competitive roster so we have to be ready for a difficult game. We must be really focused from the start and, if we don't make too many mistakes and move the ball well in attack, we'll have a chance of getting the win".