THE Olympic faces Fener in Turkey for the 6th matchday of the Euroleague and Giorgos Bartzokas mentioned the match with Dimitris Itoudis’ team (2/11, 19:45), but also the derby with Panathinaikos a few 24 hours ago.
The Greek coach spoke about the presence of a center with a good shot (Papagiannis, Sanli) in Fener and that Olympiacos should not consider that they have a problem facing them because Dinos Mitoglou did damage by shooting from the perimeter in the derby with Panathinaikos.
Bartzokas’ statements in detail:
“We don’t feel good when we lose. Always for Olympiakos, victory is the goal. Our program is one with many and difficult obligations. We have to focus on the next game”
For Fenerbahçe: “It is clear that this is a team with talent and quality. He has a good record in the Euroleague and we have to play very well to win it. At least much better than the day before yesterday (the match against Panathinaikos)”
On whether last year’s play-offs will play a role: “I think no. I think they will have nothing to do with each other. They are different teams and a different era. It doesn’t matter what happened last year. It is always difficult to play there with a difficult atmosphere. Basketball always counts and if you play well you will win”
On what Olympiacos should do in Turkey: “All the small and necessary things needed to win a game. The rebounds, not making mistakes, having good options, playing as a team, being tough, getting the 50-50 balls. All these are very important in basketball. And there is always a decision involved if the game is close. You never know how the game will turn out. We believe that we are slowly playing better. I think yesterday’s game was a bracket. It was a lot of things we had to manage inside and outside the team. We had a good performance against Efes in the previous match and you can see the results in the Euroleague. Maccabi won in Milan yesterday. There is no stability in what to expect from each team and it is normal because of Mundobasket, the many injured because of the schedule which is very heavy. You have to work every day and improve.”
For Fener’s long-range shooting centre-backs: “Just because Mitoglou scored two shots does not mean that Olympiacos has a problem with Fal and Milutinov. It clearly creates a situation when a tall man shoots from the outside, something that also exists in the NBA with the stretch-5, but we also have our own possibilities. To face us in the basket.”
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