Xavi Pascual at the end of the match at the Palau Blaugrana / PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

Xavi Pascual considers that FC Barcelona Regal managed to outplay Real Madrid in the third quarter, after a “very even” first half, thanks to “an excellent and solid defence.” With that said, Pascual said that his team “was winning by nine points with six minutes left,” and from that moment on a “new game” was played where Barça suffered from “fatigue.” He added that “we weren’t able to find the basked in the decisive moment and Madrid played their best basketball in the final stretch.”

“Conceding 19 points in 6 minutes is brutal”

The Barça manager congratulated Real Madrid on their victory, and he said that “conceding 19 points in 6 minutes is brutal.” On the visiting team’s match, Pascual noted Madrid’s “spectacular accuracy from the three-point line. I believe that a 65% conversion rate is a new record.” He added that Pablo Laso’s team “play at a very high level and all of Madrid’s players have a high accuracy rate.”

Pascual also talked about the possible foul not called on Mickeal at the end of the game: “for me it could have been a perfectly legal block, I was very close and I saw the play, if anyone says that I’m complaining about the referees, they’d be lying. I have a lot of respect for the work referees do and I don’t want to take anything away from Real Madrid’s victory.”

Pascual’s objective is to recuperate his players for the match this Monday in Madrid. “Our only option is to win. We’re two victories from winning the title, in the end this sport is all about accuracy,” he said.

Ndong's commitment

Xavi Pascual highlighted the performance put in by Ndong, who is dealing with a knee injury: “what he’s doing to be able to play is exemplary. He works on his recovery for 24 hours straight to be able to help his teammates for 10 minutes. He has an amazing feeling of responsibility and team oriented focus.”

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