Xavi Pascual is optimistic about his team's chances in game three / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

“We’ve never had to come back from 2-0 down since I’ve been here – we’ll have to take it as all or nothing from the very start” said Barça’s head basketball coach Xavi Pascual in his press conference before game three of the Liga Endesa Final against Real Madrid, which gets started on Wednesday at 7.00pm CET in the Palau Blaugrana.

“The final has moved to Barcelona and we have been strong here all season” he continued. “The fans will help a lot, they always do, and we hope we can respond with good play and a win. It won’t be at all easy to turn this tie around but we have to take this challenge with character and a winning mentality … We need to know how to suffer and we have shown we can do that here in the Palau. I see no reason why we can’t do it again”.

Importance of first period

“The two games in Madrid were decided in the first period, so it’s more important than ever for us to get off to a good start tomorrow” he added. “They play with ease when they’re leading. They don’t make many mistakes and are very accurate both with threes and twos. We need to control the start better … If we can go into this game knowing we can win it, we’ll see it in a different light. This is probably going to be the most difficult but also the most important game that we have ever played”.

Some of the players also commented on the eve of the match:

Àlex Abrines

“This is a do or die game and we don’t want to start our holidays earlier than expected. The team knows that and will give it all they’ve got. The Palau will be full and that will help. I think we can win both these games and the fifth as well”.

“We’ll go out with the typical Barça character. The first period will be the key. We have to control Madrid’s initial onslaught. We let them come at us over there, and we shouldn’t have let that happen. But if we can play like we did in the other three quarters, then we have a chance”.

“We have to up the defensive pressure. We can’t let them get 100 points. If we limit them to 70 or 80 then we can beat them.”

Justin Doellman

“We have no choice but to win and we know that. We have to play better in defence and in offence and if we do, I hope we can get the win”.

“We didn’t play well in Madrid, but every time we go out on court we do so imagining that we can win. It’s in our hands and we have faith in our chances”.

Edwin Jackson

“We have to fight harder, cause problems and get them out of their comfort zone. We know they have some great players so we have to be tough”.

“We have to get off to a better start and play with more energy. We’ll fight until the very last minute”.

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