Munich Bayern vs. Barça – this duel is currently capturing basketball fans in the football capital Munich. Two home matches in 48 hours open the chance for a Munich Cup in Europe.
Bayern basketball players are planning something historic. But before the double home match against the great FC Barcelona, the coach, captain and CEO did not really want to talk about Euroleague dreams.
For even after Munich’s surprising victory of 90:75 in Catalonia for a 1-1 draw in the quarter-final series, the following applies before match number three on Wednesday (20:30 / Magentasport): “Barça remain Barça, they have everything. We know we are underdogs, said Bavarian captain Nihad Djedovic.
Pesic: “Enjoy this moment to the fullest”
“If we dream, we do not have a chance,” warned CEO Marko Pesic. The former national team player spoke of a “balancing” for the players. They must “enjoy the games”, but at the same time must “maintain focus”. He himself enjoys this moment “totally”.
The dream goal – the Final Four tournament from 19 to 21 May in Belgrade – suddenly seems within reach. Bayern would be the first German team to reach that far. This premiere would also be an award for the Bundesliga. “From a BBL perspective, it’s fantastic. This is a continuation of what we have seen in recent years, “said Stefan Holz, CEO of the German Press Agency, about the increased international success of German clubs.
Holz believes the Munich team is capable of great things: “Last year, Bayern fought to get into the Final Four. Bayern are capable of beating any team,” he said. “Stop,” Andrea Trinchieri replied Tuesday at the Audi Dome. There’s only room in his head for game three. And yet: “Barcelona is the winner of the main round, has the best team, the best coach. I live in reality, stay on the ground. Barcelona are still top favorites,” said the Italian.
He is expecting a star crew from Catalonia who are furious after the unexpected fall in game two. “They will not take the risk of going down 2-1,” Pesic says.
The former national team player would like to perform in front of the 6700 spectators. “Having two matches against Barcelona throughout the Audi Dome with the fans behind you is a very important event and something very special for us,” excited the 45-year-old. Whether it will be “historic” matches for FC Bayern Basketball, however, should be assessed subsequently. “We have to be top, top, top.” Last year, Bayern lost to Olimpia Milan.
Djedovic: “More pressure in Barcelona”
Pesic relies on Trinchieri’s coaching skills. “Andrea has shown that he has the ability to adapt the team better to the opponent from match to match.” Trinchieri expects a match Wednesday night that will be “physically and mentally” extreme.
His captain sees “greater pressure” in Barcelona. “It gets a little easier with our fans behind us. “40 minutes of fighting and 40 minutes of concentration are our only chances to be able to win,” said 32-year-old Djedovic.
For BBL boss Holz, it is a “logical step” for a German team to eventually advance to the Final Four of the most important European club competition. “If not now, then definitely in the next few years. It was unthinkable ten years ago,” he said, referring to the sporting development in the Bundesliga. “But now: it’s no longer a coincidence,” Holz said proudly.
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