Speaking at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Cup, coach Xavi Pascual admitted: “we are excited at this latest challenge”, but warned that Thursday’s opening opponents Valencia Basket are: “the hardest team we could have drawn. They are a high quality team and if we lack intensity and concentration or if we keep losing possession, it’ll be impossible to beat them. This competition features high level teams and we’ll see a lot of close games – it’s wide open from the off”.
Although he’s getting players back from injury, the coach insisted: “Navarro is better and he is available, but he’s not yet 100%” and also stressed that neither Oleson nor Lampe are fully match fit, whilst Edwin Jackson has travelled with the team, but has been ruled out with a virus.
València Basket are sixth in the Liga Endesa and Pascual warned: “they are a very experienced side with a lot of quality and we will have to play really well to beat them – they are very competitive” The coach singled out Pau Ribas as the danger man, explaining: “he is playing really well in offense and defence, passing, scoring and creating danger”.