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Laso: “We have to put in a seriously performance against Estrella Roja and get into the game from the off”

NEWS STORY. 17/11/2021

"We're up against a side that is proving to be very competitive in the Euroleague", explained the coach.

Pablo Laso spoke in the build up to Real Madrid's game against Estrella Roja this Thursday, in round eleven of the Euroleague (8:45pm CET): "In the Euroleague double-headers you have to move on to the second game quickly. If you're coming off the back of a loss you have to turn it around and change the focus. If you've won the first one, it's about keeping the momentum going. Estrella Roja go in to the game following a demanding schedule, just like us. It's going to be very important for the team to get into the game quickly. We have to be ready for the match and put in a seriously performance".

"We know that both side aren't at their best from a physical point of view with both teams carrying injuries. We have to accept these situations and I'm sure that they will be looking to get a win. We lost a game against them in Madrid and we have to be switched on from the off".

Estrella Roja
"They've got the point guard position very well covered with Wolters, who's having a great season, along with Ivanovic and Markovic. Then, they have a stack of outside players with Dobric, Davidovac and Lazic who can play in different positions, with pick&roll and switching, and Simonovic at the fake four".

"They've also got what Kalinic creates for them, he's a very important player. With Mitrovic and Kuzmic on the inside, and the rotation of Zirbes, they are solid. We have to respect them as a team and their numbers in the Euroleague show they're very competitive".

Development of the team
"We have very good moments along with some not so good ones, some extra turnovers that we can avoid. We have to fine-tune and improve these situations, but it's part of the development and it's good to recognise the effort that the team is putting in during a situation in which we have five players out of the team. A lot of them are getting minutes, travelling, playing matches and they're proving to be very competitive".