Pablo Laso, coach of Real Madrid, warned this Tuesday, before the first week with three games for the double day of the Euroleague, that they must “be physically and mentally prepared.” “It is a very demanding week. We know what awaits us in these two home games. We have some players out, but we have recovered well from the double effort on Friday and Sunday. Now we have two very demanding Euroleague home games.” Laso told the club’s media.
About Monaco, the first rival, Laso said: “Monaco have won the first two games and also with a very good feeling. They are recognizable players with a coach who last year already achieved success with them. They are good physically. He is a tough game and the team has to be physically and mentally prepared to know what awaits us this week. ” Both Monaco and Panathinaikos, rival on Friday, are, in the coach’s opinion, “two very physical and athletic teams” to which they have to “respond with various situations.” “Especially with team play, sharing the ball offensively and helping us defensively because they have very unbalancing players in one on one,” he explained. “We ended the week with an outing to a field where we don’t have a good memory. Breogán has started the League at a very high level,” Laso continued.
For the Madrid coach, “the Euroleague is a very demanding competition; all the games are very competitive.” “We come from a very good game against Efes in which we were very good offensively and defensively. We lost in the Olympiacos field, against a great team, because we were not successful,” he said. “I am happy because I see many positive things in the team and improvement for the future and because everyone is capable of taking a step forward in things that are difficult for them. You have to fit in with the new players and those who have been with them for a longer time. “, Pablo Laso concluded.
Yabusele: “We have to try to stop his reference, Mike James”
Gerschon Yabusele, Real Madrid’s French forward, did not hesitate to highlight Mike James on Tuesday as “the reference” for Monaco, the team’s rival in the Euroleague this Wednesday, and pointed out that they should “try to stop him.”
After the defeat in Greece against Olympiacos, Real Madrid won in Valencia and the players regained their optimism. “We felt very good. We knew we couldn’t lose this last game. We were focused all the time, even when we made mistakes. It was important to come home with a win,” Yabusele told the club’s media.
Before the confrontation with Monaco it was clear: “We hope to play as hard as possible. We know that they are going to come to win and they are going to play 100 percent. In this type of game we have to stay focused all the time. We have to try to stop Mike James, who is the reference of his team. We have to compete and win the game. “