WHus Mateo, coach of Real Madrid Basketball, assured in the press conference prior to the Euroleague game against Bayern, that the return of Pablo Laso as coach of the German national team to the Spanish capital, with whom he shared a dressing room for 8 years in the white club, transforms the duel into a “different game” and recognized that Real Madrid’s current style “is a continuity” of what Vitoriano implemented at the time.

“Obviously it’s not a normal game for anyone. Pablo returns to Wizink and there are many feelings on the surface. It will happen once and for all, God willing. The fans will welcome him warmly because he has done many good things for this club and the recognition will be deserved”, said the white coach.

Chus Mateo was part of the coaching staff led by Pablo Laso at the White club for eight years, until the Victorian was fired and Chus Mateo took over as head coach.

“We both know each other a lot. We spend more time together than with our family. We know each other very well, but he was the one making the decisions when I was by his side. He started with a style and that's not lost on anyone. ” this remains. I'm not even at his level, he's a legend at this club, but we maintain that style with different things,” he added.

Real Madrid hosts Bayern this Thursday, at 6:45 pm, in the fourteenth round of this season's Euroleague. Chus Mateo's side have lost just one game in European competition since the start of the campaign. It was against Fenerbahçe, in Türkiye.

“On the day of Fenerbahçe we lost the game, but we competed. We played in the two games we lost this season. I think the team is capable of competing against anyone,” he said.

Chus Mateo will have the entire squad, except Yabusele, who suffered a partial rupture of the internal lateral ligament in his left knee in the duel against Monaco last November.

“Yabusele is already doing things, but he still has time to recover, he is working alone. In addition to Yabusele, all are available. We are confident. Physically we are trying to take the breaks we think we need. We haven’t had much difficulty making rotations, things are going well,” he explained.

Regarding the team's defensive effectiveness this season, he highlighted that the defense is effective due to the group's quality in attack: “The fact of choosing shots well and making more baskets always helps to be well positioned defensively. They are defending well, I love that. The team is enjoying the effort and likes to get up and move its legs… it doesn't give up a ball and that says a lot for the future, there is hope for this to continue because the desire and character have not disappeared”, he said .

Regarding Mario Hezonia's possible departure from the club next season, the coach wanted to emphasize that he is not “considering” what could happen in the future: “I try to control tomorrow's game. ” As others have done. The good thing about a team is that one day it's one and the next it's another. The team is strengthened by individual actions. I have very good players. I'm happy with the players' individual performance, but above all because the team is well. I just know that tomorrow we play Bayern”, he said.



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