ANDBarça coach Sarunas Jasikevicius declared this Saturday at the post-match press conference that his team was “solid” because all the players contributed in different aspects of the game.

According to the coach, this result on Valencia Basket (87-69) is “a sum of many things”, such as that the group has reacted well to the last training sessions or as the losses that the rival was carrying due to injuries.

“It is the game with the least ups and downs of the preseason, but we still have ups and downs and it is normal because we still cannot ask for such a high pace for 40 minutes,” he said.

For Jasikevicius, the key to this tournament is “to win the games by learning” and more so considering that Barça is integrating three new signings into the squad.

“The boys are adapting, we are trying to convey to them what are our most important norms, perhaps for Rokas and Nigel it is easier because they already know me,” he said.

Joan Peñarroya, crestfallen on the way to the changing rooms.
Joan Peñarroya, crestfallen on the way to the changing rooms.

After the defeat against Barça (87-69) in the semifinals of the Endesa Super Cup, Valencia Basket coach, Joan Peñarroya, declared at the post-crash press conference that the team was “far from playing a great game and give the level that such a rival requires “.

For the coach, one of the aspects that has happened the most to the taronja team were the fifteen losses that the team accumulated at halftime, as well as the superiority in the defensive rebound of the Barça team.

“We have had many difficulties to pass the field and later to develop our game on the attack court, the losses and the dominance of the rival rebound mark the future of the game,” he added.

We had many difficulties to pass the field and then to develop our game on the attack court, the losses and the dominance of the rival rebound mark the future of the game

Joan Peñarroya (Valencia Basket Coach)

Peñarroya pointed out that from that crucial moment of the first period, Valencia lost “freshness and confidence” and assured that these are situations that will be worked on so that they do not happen again during the season.

“Barça has merit for having raised those defensive situations for which we were not prepared”, something that the coach considers his “responsibility”.

“This game is past and it will give us a lot of information, like the rest of the preseason matches, we have to evolve and prepare to get to the first day of the Endesa League against Baskonia well,” he said.

Barça has merit for having raised those defensive situations for which we were not prepared

Joan Peñarroya (Valencia Basket Coach)

The Catalan leader is not optimistic with the recovery of injured players such as Jasiel Rivero or Xabi López-Arostegui for the debut in domestic competition and therefore this week’s work will focus on “putting into routine” newcomers such as Klemen Prepelic and Mike Tobey.

“I would have liked to compete better from today but this is long, now the fundamental thing is the quality of training and to be better every day,” he said.

Via Marca.com