Pasqual is in charge at Barcelona since 2008. He is one of the well respected coaches of the European basketball in Greece as many believe that his philosophy has helped Barcelona to reach the top.
“I don't know if that's true. We've got plenty of different tactics based on who we face. Everything is related to the opponent we've got. But we try to develop our tactics in each game. Every time I come in Greece I feel great. I appreciate the respect I receive in Greece. It's a big honour for me,” Pasqual told sdna.gr.
Pasqual defends himself talking about the criticism he has faced over the way he used the transfer budget at Barcelona, claiming that he does not feel any pressure at all being in charge of such a great club.
“I'm just the coach of this club, therefore this question has to be asked to the technical director. I'm not the one responsible over the budget, so I don't take the decisions over the transfer plan. Of course there is a cooperation in order to achieve the better result. But I don't feel any pressure. I'm doing my best and I know that this pays off. I don't think that the pressure is worth,” Pasqual underlines.
The Spanish coach thinks that the knock-out at the hands of Panathinaikos in 2011 was one of the worst moments of his career as well as the heavy defeat in the semi-final against Real Madrid.
“This failure against Panathinaikos was a big frustration. But we move on. When you reach the Final Four six times and you fail to proceed just one, then you can't call it an overall failure. Obradovic is a friend of mine and I have learned a lot from him. Also the heavy defeat to Real Madrid was a big blow. It was a bad day in the office and I think that's the worst game in my career so far,” he acknowledges.
Barcelona spent a lot of money to bring Kostas Papanikolaou to the club. Also Barca two years ago tried to sign Spanoulis but the Greek ace decided to stay at Olympiakos. Both are the kind of players that Pasqual really admires. “Papanikolaou was a player whom we wanted so much. I had a great relationship with him. He worked hard here and that paid off. I watch him playing in the NBA frequently. As for Spanoulis, many said that it was me who I was determined to see him as Barcelona player. He was high in our shortlist. But at the end it was a decision taken by our technical director,” Pasqual said.
Finally the Barcelona coach gave his views on the next Final Four saying that it would be really weird if neither Olympiakos nor Panathinaikos manage to go through. “It would be strange if none of the Greek clubs proceed to the Final Four. We have used to see either Panathinaikos or Olympiakos in the Final Four lately. Personally I would be glad not to see them! Otherwise that means that they will have knocked us out.”