The hobby of Barça I had been waiting for this moment for seven years. Seeing the team again in a Final Four puts an end to a crossing of the ‘culé’ desert and generates a special emotion, especially in players like Pierre Oriola, one of the captains, who had been waiting since 2017 to experience it.
“It is the most important week since I’ve been at this club,” said Monday Tàrrega at the press conference organized by the club, prior to the European event. “We also give value to other titles but this one we have not disputed or won for many years,” he added.
The appointment is this Friday in Cologne, where Barça will face Armani Milan in the second of the semifinals (9:00 pm). Previously, CSKA from Moscow and Anadolu Efes (6:00 pm) they will fight for the other place in the final.
“In the end we only think of Milán and arrive in the best way but if we do things the way we do, there will be many options to win, “Oriola added in his previous assessment.
With some training sessions ahead of him this week, and after having successfully passed the last ACB commitments, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Barça coach, sees his players in good condition. “I see them excited, eager,” Saras said yesterday. “In the last ten days we have been able to rest a bit and train hard. They have tried very hard and we have played two pretty good games. Now we have three or four more training sessions, I travel to Cologne and hopefully we can raise the level further ”, he added, although adding, as he usually does, that“ we will have to be prepared to suffer ”.
Jasikevicius He highlighted the suffering experienced in the playoff against Zenit as a good learning experience: “Every war is important to us, losing or winning we are learning. Against Zenit we learned from our mistakes in the first matches at home and from everyone else. It’s good to spend these wars together, to improve and to know where we have been well or not.
Niko Mirotic, star and team leader, said he was in a good time and downplayed the difficulties he had to contribute more in the series against Zenit. “I feel good, wanting the moment to come,” says the Spanish-Montenegrin. “At the end of the day it’s not me but the team’s business and I looked for the best way to contribute to the team in other ways.
Mirotic He showed ambition but also prudence and humility in the press conference prior to the European appointment. “Winning would be a dream but that goal is far away,” he answered when asked to win the title. “We have a great opportunity, we are two games away, so we want to dream but be humble and prepared. I know how difficult it is to play a Final Four. It is the fourth and I have not won any. Hopefully there is a bit of luck ”.