“We are very happy that we are here after this new format of the EuroLeague. It was an exciting season, great players and I hope and I believe strongly that this Final Four will be even better for fans, for the spectators and the teams. The fact that in last seven years, six different teams have won the trophy shows that all the teams are very strong and have had their chances, but also that to be first is very difficult. For the fans, it is very interesting to watch a spectacular Final Four without knowing which of these teams will be champions. The unpredictability of the Final Four keeps all the interest at a high level and this is very important.
“I think it’s a combination of two things. First is the stability of the ownership, the two presidents that we have control the team and have rally big love for the sport from one side and from the other side support in a very difficult economic crisis in Greece. You know that in Greece the economic crisis is big. Our presidents do their best to keep the team at a high level. This stability goes to the team. From the other side, I think this team has players with character, personality and through all these years they build good mettle and know how to play these difficult game, especially when they have their back to the wall.
I can say that from my point of view, this game is completely different from 2015; we already forget that game because these are new conditions, CSKA now is European champion and we are back to the Final Four after last year’s absence. Psychologically I don’t think there is any different way to get prepared than any other game for both teams. The mental preparation is very important for the players to play these types of games. I think all the teams here deserve to be here. They have stability all season and we saw the same performances in the playoffs. They deserve to be here and the players know this. Only thing now is which team will be more ready than the other. For sure all the players want to win the trophy and will do their best. Psychologically I don’t think you need to do anything different than to prepare one game like all the others.
I believe that surprises are not easy to happen and all these unexpected games and unexpected ways to finish games are not easy to watch. I believe all teams here have one characteristic, that the base of the team are players that are many years together and all the coaches are many years with the team, so that means they have the same philosophy, the players know the philosophy of the coaches and that gives stability and with stability it is more difficult to find surprises.
For sure we need to do something about the charter flights, because with the new format, yes the trips are more difficult. And the teams that have charter flights to fly, I think they have a small advantage compared to the other teams", said the 50-year-old head coach of the Reds at the Press Conference.