The Barça players who have been in the team the longest have been waiting for this moment for seasons. Hence the captain Pierre
Oriola did not hesitate to point out the importance of the moment, on this eve of the Cologne Final Four.
“It is the most important week since I have been at this club,” said the Tàrrega man 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. In the end we only think of Milan and arrive in the best way but if we do things the way we do, there will be many options to win ”, he added.
Asked about hypothetical favorites, Oriola he has not wanted to rule out anyone. “I am not in favor of calling anyone a favorite because you have to win on the track. They are talking about the four best teams in Europe because that is how we have won it and from here we have to win it on Friday, and show on the track that we want to win the Final
Four“, has said.
On his condition of Catalan captain in this appointment, Oriola has been conclusive. “It is a pride to represent the best Catalan team in the Final
Four. I am very culé, very of the Barça and it is a pride to defend this shirt and above all in a Final Four. Being captain is a great responsibility and hopefully more Catalan captains throughout history can lift more important titles like this one ”, he stated.
Oriola He has also explained what the integration is being and the ancestry that the team is having Pau
Gasoline, with whom he shares minutes in indoor positions. “Pau has gone from less to more. He arrived with a clear objective that was to add and he has done so from day one ”, he pointed out in this regard. “Physically he is getting better and better. We hope that this injury will be left behind and he will feel better. We see it, more and more he finds the physical tone and the ideas of the team. Find your space and I am sure that here in the end it will be important as it has always been. Not only on the track but it goes further. It is brutal to have such a player and at the dressing room level it is fantastic because he has lived these extreme situations well ”.