The Valencia Basket will face this Friday (22.00 hours) at the Fonteta the third and final match of the quarterfinals of the Endesa League before him TD Systems Baskonia convinced that only with a tougher and more physical version of the one he has shown so far will he be able to win the match and go to the semifinals.
After winning the first match in the last minute, the coach Jaume ponsarnau He already said that they had lost the game “of the fight” and the defeat was almost total in the second match in which his team could not get close to the energy, momentum and hunger of their rival.
This difference in intensity was translated in the case of Valencia in 21 losses of possession that helped the Baskonia to decant the shock of his side in the first part and to control it in the second. Lowering that statistic will be the first objective of the Valencian team.
The coach has especially insisted in recent days on the importance in addition to not chaining bad actions of that style since they do not have the mental toughness to cut those bad streaks quickly.
Ponsarnau He has also stressed before this clash that they will need to find more players in a position to fight against a rival that has recovered much of the strength it had lost in previous weeks due to an outbreak of COVID 19 and various changes in the squad.
Another challenge of Valencia will minimize the impact that the point guard may have on the game Pierriá Henry, which in both games has been confirmed as a key piece of the tie for better and for worse.
The great advantage that the Valencia in the clash is that the five matches that both teams have played so far this season have been resolved in favor of the local team, which would give meaning to the effort made by the team to be fourth and have this third match at the Fonteta.
In addition, and unlike what happened on Wednesday in Vitoria where it was played behind closed doors, the Valencian team’s pavilion will once again be able to receive up to 1,000 spectators, as a result of the new measures given the good evolution of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The coach of the Valencian team will be able to count on his fourteen players again but, if there is no last-minute injury, he will rule out Josep Puerto already Vanja marinkovic, as he has done in recent games, and it will be difficult for him to Fernando San Emeterio Y Jaime Pradilla can enter the rotation after failing to do so in the first two games.