Barça Lassa begin their Liga Endesa campaign on Sunday and the Thursday after get started on their bid to win the Euroleague. On Wednesday morning, the players got the chance speak to the press about their feelings as they go into a season full of enticing challenges.
Here’s a selection of quotes from Media Day:
“I’m at the end of my recovery. We’ll decide this week whether I’ll be starting. I’d love to play”.
“I trained a bit with the team before the cup, but I still need to use the next few days to get back to full shape”.
“It has been an unusual summer, but I’ve taken the chance to do other things”.
“We have a big squad and everyone’s fine; we can afford to rest players”.
“We have looked really good. I’m very happy. With seven new players and so little time together the team’s looking pretty tight. There are still things to improve, but it’s looking good”.
“I think it’s great that we’ve signed Pau Ribas, we have to make the most of his inertia. He’s a great all-rounder.”
“Madrid is the team to beat because they’re the defending champions. But we want to win everything too.”
“Barça are respected around Europe, but we need to get back to being one of the elite teams”.
“I’d love the chance to win the respect of these fans”.
“The team are happy with the way last week went”.
“Age is just a number to me. I have always looked after myself and it is motivation that means I’m still where I am today. I feel like I’m 21 years old”.
“To get me off the court, you’ll need to get my wide here to snatch away the keys to the pavilion”.
“I’m feeling great. It was very important to win the Super Cup. The team played well. Now we have to carry on working”.
“Last season was tough with so many injuries. It was disappointing, as it always is when you don’t win titles. Now we’ve got a new season. I like this team; I’m looking forward to it”.
“The new players are adapting and getting into their rhythm. They look fine”.
“To start like that after winning nothing last year was a huge boost for our morale”.
“We’ve done good things in the preseason, but it’s going to be very difficult for us to win everything”.