NEWS STORY. 03/12/2021
Pablo Laso spoke at the press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s clash with Zaragoza at the Príncipe Felipe arena, which corresponds to matchday 12 of the league: “We have a really tough run of fixtures. We have to play again in less than 48 hours in Zaragoza, which will be another tough game. But that’s what is required of us. It’s not too difficult for me personally, but we accept the fixture calendar. We don’t have many days to recover. Yesterday’s game was really demanding physically, but we have to move on quickly and think about Saturday’s game”.
“We need to assess things. For Thompkins it’s looking difficult for him to play because he hasn’t trained much and we’re still waiting to see how his knee injury evolves. Alocén, unfortunately, after recovering from a back injury, now has a foot problem, which hopefully won’t last for more than a few days. As for the rest, we have to assess how everyone is doing and try to think of a special rotation situation, bearing in mind the fixture schedule we have. We can't complain too much about this because it's what happens and to a certain extent I'm relaxed because I know that all the players will give their best and it’s going to be a good game in Zaragoza.
Ten straight wins
“We’ve been playing really well. If we were only talking about the game against Maccabi, the last quarter for me was magnificent because of the concentration, the effort, and the way we hung in there in a game that was slipping away from us. That is something we’ve been doing every day and I’m really pleased about this very much because it deserves a lot of credit. Offensively, we’re improving. In defence is where the team’s more solid. There’s still room for improvement and with good results we work even better”.
“I have the greatest respect for Porsarnau. They‘ve had two very serious injuries, such as those of Cook and Yusta, and it has upset them a lot. Their work’s been magnificent and it shows in the number of victories racked up. They managed to win away at Obradoiro and Joventut, and that means the team’s well coached. They‘ve got great players in different positions. Mobley’s a great scorer, along with Waczynski, Okoye, and Radoncic's energy, the arrival of Deon Thompson, who gives them an inside reference. They’re a good team that are going to get better and we have a lot of respect for them”.