The stressful away tour of Bavaria Munich’s basketballers with three Euroleague games in five days went to Coach Andrea Trinchieri not without a trace. “That has had something on my mindset. I went to the wrong hotel room. In Istanbul I had room 201, then 407. And yet I went on to 201,” said the Italian. “Personally, I have never experienced a schedule before.”
The straps from the final spurt of the Euroleague main round must shake off the Munich to Tuesday evening (21.00 clock). Then the top ensemble of FC Barcelona is waiting for ex-NBA professional Nikola Mirotic in the quarterfinals. “We try to be physically and mentally in the best possible constitution for the game,” said Trinchieri and supplemented: “If that is possible at all”. The appearance in the most important European club competition ensures tingling.
“When Barcelona plays good and we play well, win”
The role distribution in the German-Spanish summit is clear. “When Barcelona plays well and we play well, win. If you play well and we play excellent, you probably still win,” is Trinchieris Simple bill. The Spaniards are “the Hottest Candidate” on the Euroleague title.
As a eighth of the main round, the Munich had qualified in a turbulent season for the play-offs. Two corona breakouts swirled several times the diary. Players were ranked out, lots were relocated, the training in the Audi Dome was temporarily suspended. “We have somehow survived,” Trinchieri summarized the eventful time together.
The game against the Catalans also feel the 53-year-old as a reward. “We won the ticket to play against the best team. Everyone is allowed to dream. But there is also a reality. Dreams should not be burden,” Trinchieri explained.
Lucic: “We are ready to test us in every game”
For the second time in her club history, the Munich could qualify for the K.O. round in the premier class. Last year, the Bundesliga club failed in the quarterfinals to Olimpia Milan. Does the big coup succeed in Barcelona and the entry into the Final Four? “Sure is that we play around the victory,” Shooting Guard Andreas Fruit said. Teammollege Vladimir Lucic added: “We are ready to test ourselves in every game. Everything is possible.”
The quarterfinals are played as a best-of-five series: Who first win three games, is on. The second game is on Thursday (20.00 clock) also at the FC Barcelona. The third party will take place on April 27 (20.30 clock) in the Audi Dome.