MADRID, 23 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The sports director of Cazoo Baskonia, Félix Fernández, has assured that the Copa del Rey tie against Joventut Badalona will be very attractive “for basketball people”, and has explained that although they play in a rival field they hope “to be at the level” and “compete”.

“It’s a good tie for basketball people. We’re talking about a very good team, which has been doing things very well for years. They’ve made a leap in quality. We’re playing at home, it’s going to be a nice atmosphere and basketball , and we will have our fans, who are noisy and who live the Cups a lot. I hope we are at the level to be able to compete and take the Cup home,” he said in statements to the media.

In addition, he downplayed the fact that a Clásico will not be able to take place in the final, since both teams would hypothetically meet in the semifinals. “It is a novelty that there is not a Barça-Madrid in the final. There are very good teams, if we focus only on Barça and Madrid we would be wrong. We are all here on our own merits and we all have a choice”, he indicated.

On the current trajectory of the team, with four defeats in the last five games, he recalled that “the notes must be put at the end of the season.” “The work done so far has been good, we have done a good first round both in the ACB and in the Euroleague and we will continue working,” he said.

“This is very long. We now have seven games until we play the Cup, the teams can change. Now we are at a slightly low point and we have to take a step forward to find that state of form we had in December. We face the Cup of Rey with a lot of desire and with a lot of enthusiasm”, he continued.

Finally, Fernández did not want to talk about the situation of point guard Pierriá Henry, who could leave the Basque club in the next few hours. “We will communicate it when we have to communicate something, when we have everything clear. We have to focus on the team, on the players we have, and get out of that small hole in which we are stuck. We are very optimistic and very happy”, he concluded .