The MVP of last year's Euroleague acknowledges that Real Madrid are currently out of form paying also tribute to Panathinaikos for their magnificent display.
“Lately we've not been good enough. That's what happened against Panathinaikos. They were determined to claim the win and they deserved it thoroughly. We must be ready for every single game and this defeat could be an alarm bell. But we have to move on. We put this bad result in the past and we focus on the next game against Maccabi in Madrid. I expected Panathinaikos game to be a tough one. They had lost their last three games and this one was a must-win for them. We were not able to fight. It's something that we need to analyse in order to be ready for the games ahead. It's a tough defeat, but it's not the end of the world,” Rodriguez told sdna.gr.
The 28-year-old Spanish guard is optimistic for the rest of the season with Real Madrid as they target to reach the Euroleague Final Four for a third time in a row. “I think we've got a decent squad but the Eurolege becomes tougher from this level onwards. We've got three more games in the Top-16 and then the play-offs follow where we will have the home advantage. We have to be ready in order to qualify to the Final Four for a third time in a row and we will fight for it,” Rodriguez said.
The Real Madrid star also adds that playing two times a week in the ACB and in the Euroleague is not easy to cope with as the competitiveness is very high. “It's very difficult. ACB is the most competitive league in Europe. So, playing in the Euroleague as well makes it even more difficult. But Real Madrid are a great club and they've got a decent squad competing for titles. We've already won the Spanish Cup, we're first in our Euroleague group, as we are in ACB along with Malaga. We've still a long way to go but we will try to cope with it as we do every season,” Rodriguez quoted.