Tavares: “Without Poirier, I had more responsibility”
The Madrid center assured he was more focused than usual to replace his teammate
Llull: “We’re happy but we know we haven’t done anything yet”
The center of Real Madrid Walter Tavares He conceded that beating Barça (66-78) in this Friday’s Euroleague semi-final in the loss of Vincent Poirer has given him an added responsibility.
“Today I had more responsibility because ‘Vince’ wasn’t there, who is one of the best pivots in Europe. I had to cover him like he does when I’m not here,” the white player told the Euroleague TV microphones from the Zalgirio Arena pitch.
Tavares, who was voted Man of the Match for his 20 points and 15 rebounds, explained the formula behind his performance: “I tried to work as hard as I could because Barça have great players. So I tried to be focused, to be consistent and to keep pushing until the end”.
Llull: “We haven’t done anything yet”
For his part, Sergio Llull admitted his satisfaction after eliminating Barça: “We are satisfied, but we are aware that we have not done anything yet.”. “The goal is to win on Sunday and we will have a real team up front,” said the player from the Balearic Islands in front of the “DAZN” cameras.
In the dressing room of the Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Llull confirmed this ‘All finals are special’ because ‘it takes a lot to get there’ and “one must appreciate the journey very much, especially in this year with so many difficulties”.
He knows that anything can happen in the end
“I’m very bad at predicting. Anything can happen in this type of game. Now we have to rest, prepare well for the game and work hard on Sunday as if Monday didn’t exist. We just have to try and do everything. “We will do it as a team, like we did today, and try to play a little better than Olympiacos to win,” he said, looking ahead to the final.
Responding to his connection to Sergio Rodríguez, the point guard said: “They have played together for many years, both in Madrid and in the national team. We get along very well and we like to play games like that.”
“When the ball is on fire and you give it to Chacho, you know something good is about to happen.” Both of us, together with Rudy, try to push the whole team to wins like today“, completed.