The Unicaja coach, Ibon Navarro, appeared this Tuesday in the Carpena press room in advance of the team’s debut in the Round of 16 of the BCL, which will take place this Wednesday against AEK Athens at the Martín Carpena Palace (8:30 p.m.).
First of all, the green coach revealed that he has the entire squad, once Darío Brizuela has rejoined the team after being absent in the last match in the Endesa League due to his recent paternity.
Regarding AEK Athens, an unprecedented rival in the history of Unicaja, Navarro pointed out that “above the players there is a very clear team spirit. They hold onto the games and the field very well because they know what they have to do in the good moments of the game. They have people with a lot of experience and who work behind and with what they have they do well. Without being one of those who go on the counterattack, he knows how to run ”.
“It’s a tough team, one of the typical Greek teams that are complicated and know how to compete very well. It will be a difficult game because they have players with a lot of experience and talent. The addition of Jankovic gives them a little more size because many times they play with three little guys and he gives them that size and experience. It is a very complete team that is going to cost us a lot”, added the Unicaja coach.
On the environment of Carpena, Navarro pointed out that “the team is eager to compete and get hooked on the BCL again. I hope we do it with a good atmosphere at the Martín Carpena. I insist that they help us because the prize is very nice but the path is not easy. The group will be even and competitive and the final difference may be one or two points from the average ”, she concluded.