VTwenty years after winning his last Endesa League title, Pau Gasol is close to winning it again. The Barça disputes this Tuesday (22.00 hours) the second game of the final series against the Real Madrid with the advantage of having won the first in the WiZink and with the assurance that, a victory, would put the finishing touch to the season with the title. The focus of that match will be almost exclusively on Pau, the man of the moment. This is how the player sees the decisive second game.
The second match of the final
“It is going to be a very difficult game as it corresponds to a final, very competitive from minute one. We have to be mentally and physically prepared to try to take advantage of the opportunity we have to win at home.”
The Barça, like local
“At home we have responded, especially when we have found ourselves between a rock and a hard place. Now we are in an advantageous situation but it is a series to win the championship.”
“The feelings are very good, even better than expected. The work we have done has paid off well and I am very happy to be able to help the team to be better.”
The finishing touch to the season
“Winning the Endesa League title would be a good climax to a great season. After we failed to win the Euroleague, we now have the opportunity to end the season with a title.”
“We have to know that the rival is coming from losing a home game and that they need to win to continue with options, so we must try to set the tone, especially defensively, from the beginning.”
Seize the occasion
“I try to bring knowledge and experience to these types of games and then add things to the court, as before and convey that feeling of giving everything because you never know when you will have another opportunity like this because the league titles cost a lot to win. In fact, Barça has not won one for a long time, so these opportunities must be seized as it is “.
The illusion of a new ending
I try to enjoy every moment, as I enjoyed those, but with 20 years more. I try to help the team as I am doing because each one of us has to do our bit to win against a rival who will come with everything. I live it with the illusion of living a new ending and because of how special it is. I don’t think there are many players who have been able to experience two ACB finals 20 years apart. I feel privileged and I am proud of my work.
Last match at the Palau
If it could be the last, I’ve been thinking for years that my last game could have been a long time ago, especially when I got injured. I’m playing every game as if it were my last game, enjoying it and giving it my all.