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Chus Mateo: “I’m pleased because it wasn't easy to play here”

NEWS STORY. 06/10/2022

“It was a tough game but we managed to hold on and stay focused for 40 minutes”, said Deck.

Chus Mateo and Gabriel Deck analysed Real Madrid’s opening-day win in the EuroLeague. The coach had the following to say on his side’s hard-fought victory away at Panathinaikos: “I'd say that we defended well and prevented them from scoring and, especially at the end when we had to seal the game, we were good at the back and we rebounded well. It wasn't easy to play here. It was the first EuroLeague game and we're pleased to have won it”.
"It wasn't an easy game, by no means. There were many moments when we felt Panathinaikos' ferocity, they defended very hard. They pushed us out of our own formation and that brought a very tight end to the game. There were moments when we could have ended it but they came back. We had to shoot from outside, which we weren't doing in the first half. We scored two three-pointers through Causeur and another two through Llull, which gave us a lot of breathing space".

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“I'm really pleased for him. We all love him so much. He's a leader, the captain and he deserves everything good that happens to him given his commitment, leadership and desire to help his new teammates”.

Deck: “The intensity was key”
“We're very happy with the victory. We knew we were going to struggle on a court like this. It was a tough game for 40 minutes, but we managed to hold on and stay focused in the last few minutes and we played better. We played with a lot of intensity and that was one of the key points to the victory”.