Jonathan Barreiro is part of the future of the Spanish basketball team and the national quota of a Unicaja that lives low hours. The Galician was one of the incorporations that most excited the typesetter fans this past summer. Although the situation of the team is not good and that its performance has been below expectations, Barreiro does not give up and aims high in this final stretch of the season. The eaves of Cerceda wants to lift the BCL with the Los Guindos club, as he relates in an extensive interview with MARK in which he touched on all current affairs, including his relationship with Sergio Scariolo.
Q. Complicated year for Unicaja…
R. It is clear that we all want to see the team as high as possible, both the players and the fans want the best for Unicaja. When things don’t work out, you have to look for alternatives. We are the first ones who want to win and put the club in the top positions, the place where it should be.
Q. Has there come a point in the course where there are finals in ACB and BCL, right?
R. We know that all the teams are very good, so we have to wait and do our best in Europe. The goal of the team is to be in Bilbao and win that Cup. In ACB every game is going to be a final, focused on this weekend. Step by step and be all together. We want to bring a victory to the fans this Sunday.
Q. Your first derby at Carpena…
R. All derbies are experienced differently. In Seville we had a very tough game, I’m sure it will be the same this time. The most important thing is to transfer what we are training to the games: come out concentrated from start to finish, defend and attack will depend on individual success; especially behind, which is going to be one of the keys. We expect a full Carpena because together we will get the game. Vital for them and us.
Q. Why are there two versions of Unicaja and they are almost never repeated?
R. Obradoiro is a very complicated track, they had just won Baskonia; It is very difficult to win on his track. We came out very focused from the start, with no gaps, and he led us to win there. It’s up to us: come out psyched up, focused, attentive and above all the defensive section, help each other.
It’s up to us: come out psyched, focused, attentive and above all the defensive section, help each other
P. With Ibon Navarro a better version of him has been seen…
R. With Fotis I also felt good, to whom I am very grateful. They are two different technicians. I met Ibon for the first time in the sub-19 and from there we have a good bond, great friendship, even in his time in Andorra we kept in touch. I have a lot of love for him. He seems to me to be a great coach and for my part I have to restore his confidence. We need to reciprocate.
P. Are you now experiencing a good streak in shooting?
A. In the end, all of us players go through streaks, all of us. What I do is train, calmly, without obsessing, have everyone’s trust, and luckily I have it. It’s a matter of time. He not only contributes in shooting, but in other facets, so I don’t want to focus on just one thing. In the shot I have a defender who defends me, instead to defend the desire and the sacrifice, it only depends on me. I always give 100% on the track.
In the shot I have a defender who defends me, instead to defend the desire and the sacrifice, it only depends on me. I always give 100% on the track
P. Has the victory in Santiago relieved a lot?
R. It is clear that when you go through a bad dynamic, it is difficult to get out of it. What we want is to capture the work on the track, sometimes it doesn’t come out. Some games have escaped us by a point; if we managed to win those four, we would be talking about other things. In the end it’s basketball and you have to adapt to the situation at all times. We want to reverse this and surely what happened the other day will help us for this Sunday.
P. I have seen him very resounding with the goal in the Champions League…
R. The objective is to be champion, and to be it you have to beat everyone. And we will work hard for that. It is an incentive that the Final Four is in Bilbao and because we want to be there. It’s not easy, I’ve already been to two and a thousand things can happen in one game. We face it as a great challenge and responsibility. With ambition to get that title.
The goal is to be champion, and to be, you have to beat everyone. We will work hard for that. It is an incentive that the Final Four is in Bilbao and because we want to be there
Q. What was the key to coming to Malaga?
R. I had no doubt. It is a club that bet on me and I believed in their project, above all they believed in me a lot. There wasn’t much else to talk about. It was a very quick decision, and the truth is that I feel very proud to be here and that the club bet on me. For my part, I am delighted to be in Malaga and hopefully we will be as high as possible, together.
P. Do you have pressure to respond to the fans?
R. Pressure no, it is a very strong word. When you turn on television, the pressure is what they have in Ukraine. I do everything in my power to perform as well as possible. It is clear that we all carry good and bad dynamics. Many times a player has to be an anvil and other times a hammer, I have to work to be a hammer tomorrow.
P. And the Eurobasket, is it a goal?
R. It is a dream. Any player would like to be there. Focus on my club first, help the team as much as I can and then be prepared for whatever comes.
Scariolo helps me a lot with great advice, and for a player to have the opportunity to represent your country is a source of pride.
P. Your relationship with Sergio Scariolo is special, almost paternal with you…
A. Yes, we have a special relationship. I have spent many concentrations going with the Spanish National Team and yes, a good bond has been made. He helps me a lot with great advice, and for a player to have the opportunity to represent your country is a source of pride. As long as he is there, I will give 100% so that he continues to count on me.