NEWS STORY. 28/05/2022
“I’m delighted with the victory and to pass to the semi-finals”, said the coach after winning the second quarter-final playoff match.
Pablo Laso analysed Real Madrid’s victory at Manresa which sealed their place in the Liga Endesa semi-finals: “From the moment we knew we were playing Manresa we knew it was going to be a very difficult tie because they play with so much energy, they’ve got great scorers, pace in defence and attack, good centers. My team’s been magnificent in both games, handling difficult and tough moments. I’m delighted with the victory and to pass to the semi-finals. We knew how to fight and we dominated key aspects of the game that allowed us to gain small advantages. It was a great game of basketball”.
“Tavares is a crucial player. When you face Real Madrid you also imagine you’re facing him. Today he played an outstanding game, even if his numbers aren’t so spectacular. He’s a defensive linchpin and I’d like him to be more decisive in attack, but that’s the way he is and he isn’t selfish at all, he looks for his teammates and I think that’s great. He’s improved in many areas of his game since he joined us. He deserves a lot of credit”.
“He gives us so much. There’re times when he doesn’t hit the numbers but he’s a really important player for us. His directness at the end gave us two baskets that were crucial for us to open up the game”.