The escort Álex Barrera, as second captain of Hereda San Pablo Burgos, appeared at the Zaragoza airport before boarding the flight to Nizhny Novgorod, the Russian city where the Final 8 of the Basketball Champions League (BCL) will be held .
“We know that we come with the condition of the current champions, but I don’t think that affects us to feel special, far from it “, warned Álex Barrera in his speech to the media present, in which he spoke of” the difficulty of Final 8 “. The guard stressed: “It is a very demanding competition in which you will have to do things very well to arrive and advance each round.”
To prepare for this final to eight in which Hereda San Pablo Burgos could revalidate its European champion title, Joan Peñarroya’s men had extra time after the Endesa League duel against RETAbet Bilbao Basket was postponed due to positives in the Biscayan painting. «We have had a couple of days that have been good for us to be able to train, which we have not been able to do much lately with so many games, “said the Catalan.
The quarter-final match between Burgos against Hapoel Unet-Credit Holon will be played this Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. local time). “We have analyzed the opponent well and we have seen their style of play,” said Barrera, who highlighted the “one against one of his main bases”, where “most of the points” are generated. In order to overcome the Israeli team, the Castilian team must “prepare the defense against that very effective attack they have.”
If they overcome this first match in Final 8, Hereda San Pablo Burgos would face the winner of Lenovo Tenerife-SIG Strasbourg, which could lead to a Spanish semi-final. «We have met Tenerife quite a few times this year. They are a complicated team that makes things very difficult for us», Said the captain about a match that« would be very demanding for both ». However, the player of the Castilian box stressed: “We have to think about the first game against Hapoel. Then we will see in the semifinals ».
The presence of three Spanish teams among the eight that will fight for the title of champion of the Basketball Champions League increases the chances that any of them will reach the final on Sunday. “We are going to do everything possible to get there,” concluded Barrera while highlighting: “Hopefully, if it is not us, it can be a Spanish team that is in the final.”