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Laso: “The team is competing brilliantly and that makes me very proud"

NEWS | 10/04/2021

“The rebound is crucial for us against Barça", said the coach in the build-up to the league Clásico clash.
Pablo Laso assessed Real Madrid's upcoming clash with Barça on matchday 30 in the league (Sunday, 6:30pm CEST): “The team has been competing very well for a long while, they're showing that and the players are making a real effort to remain competitive every single day. That's something which makes me hugely proud as a coach and it helps me relax, knowing the team is capable of competing and working hard every day, regardless of the opposition”.

“We're at a stage of the season where all teams have some issues. For us, all the guys have trained except Randolph and Thompkins, who has had a recurrence of his knee problem and isn't likely to travel. The rest are available. Alocén has trained well, he'd struggled with a finger issue for a few weeks and prior to that a sprained ankle, but the rest the other day did him good and now we can call on him again".

Rebound the key
“Barça are an aggressive team on the rebound and that sees them have lots of possessions and a sensation of dominating games. The rebound will be crucial for us, especially given how they're playing this season".

Barça have a great squad but I'm more focused on my team.

“We're up against a team full of great players. Pau Gasol is one of them. He's another playing coming into a top squad. This helps them rotate in different games and cope with such a demanding schedule, maintaining the level they're showing this season. I'm someone who tries to focus more on my team and on what we do well".

League statistics
“When you get to this stage of the season and look back at what you've achieved, it makes you proud of this team's efforts. They deserve it and they earn that respect every day. These figures in the league, to have qualified for the Euroleague play-offs, made the Cup final, the Super Cup final... This shows the team has been competitive and that's hugely important to me. It's what I demand and the players are doing a great job in delivering it".