"From Christmas onwards our performance level was extraordinary, taking over from Zalgiris in the first part pf the season”
Pascual also pointed out the bad luck of losing players at key moments. "I don’t remember a season like this as far as injuries are concerned, it’s been incredible”
Xavi Pascual has taken a look back at the 2012/13 season in an interview with Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.com. The basketball coach spoke about the season, holidays, new signings, injuries and the team philosophy.
He told us: "My feeling is that we’ve done things well this season. At the beginning, we already knew that it would be more difficult for us and we were a bit below our level, but from Christmas onwards we played some extraordinary basketball”. In Europe, the team took over from Zalgiris and during the King’s Cup, the team played “at a great level”.
"I don’t remember a season like this since I’ve been a coach. It’s been incredible. I think that Navarro’s last injury in the fourth game before the fifth reflected what’s happened to us this season”. Pascual also emphasised the number of players that have had to have operations. “We hope they get better, that these problems don’t crop up again”.
Pascual revealed that his work doesn’t stop over the summer. "I won’t exactly be on holiday. You don’t stop thinking about the preparations and you also watch games. But even so, the holidays help you to refresh your mind though you’re always thinking about it all. There are always things to be done, and things to catch up on that you put to one side during the season because you don’t have time”.
"It’s much too soon to say, because there are many variables and there are players who are out of contract. One piece can cause others to move”. However, Pascual is confident that the squad will be reinforced for next season. Specifically, as regards Spanoulis, Pascual told us. “He’s a top rank player who’s out of contract and Barça has to be aware of anything that can improve the squad".
Up and coming talent
"We are very satisfied with them [Álex Abrines and Marko Todorovic]. They have improved a great deal, they’ve matured and next season they will stop being newcomers and have to establish themselves”. Pascual is looking forward to what promises to be an exciting 2013/14 season.