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Xavi Pascual. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB.

After being eliminated from the Final Four in the semi-final of the Euroleague, Xavi Pascual recognised Olympiacos’ superiority over Barça Regal. “We weren’t ourselves. We played below our level, without determination and we couldn’t find key players,” he said.

Moreover, the manger reiterated what he said before the match: the importance of starting strong. According to the manager, “the first minutes mark the outcome of most of the match and we trailed throughout the whole game. I cannot fault my players because we fought and we had two shots that could have won us the game.” Pascual congratulated the Greek team for the victory and for their “incredible offensive game.”

Juan Carlos Navarro

“They had control, that was key.

“We didn’t start well. We fought until the end, but we committed a lot of errors and they controlled the match for 40 minutes.

“We were a bit nervous. We didn’t play like we have been of late, we missed a lot from the perimeter.

“We always want to win, it’s a tough moment. We prepared the whole year to get to the final and we were eliminated in the semis.”

Erazem Lorbek

“It was hard for us, we weren’t able to get control and in the end they won the rebounds.

“Olympiacos is very physical. They played their game and we struggled to find our form.

“It’s good to get this far, it wasn’t possible in the end and now we have to look to the future.”

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