Dusko Ivanovic: “I believe in these players, they have to believe more”


Baskonia coach, Dusko Ivanovic, praised his players after beating (91-95) at the WiZink Center this Friday against perhaps “the best team” in the Euroleague, a long-suffering victory against Real Madrid that should make them believe in themselves. themselves in order to find a ticket to the playoffs.

“In the second half we managed to have clearer options in attack and our defense has improved. We did not start well but we knew how to recover a little in the second quarter and in the third and fourth, better. We are playing against perhaps the best team in Europe “It’s normal to have ups and downs, it was difficult for us but we had a clear idea of ​​how we had to play,” he said at a press conference.

The Basque team certified its presence in the ‘play-in’ on the penultimate day, to try to be in the quarterfinals of the highest continental competition. “These players deserve to play either ‘playoff’ or ‘play-in’. For me, these players have shown me that they have quality and can play against everyone, we have shown it this year,” he stated.

“This victory has to mean, a demonstration for themselves, that they believe in this that we can play against everyone. I believe, they still have to click one more to believe more. It was the only possibility, I would prefer to have beaten Efes on another day, but this tastes very good,” he added.