Movistar Estudiantes introduces itself: "We are ready"

The empty Movistar Academy Magariños was the setting for the presentation of the men's and women's teams, both in 'Primera'.


The Movistar Estudiantes 2020-21 was presented this Wednesday in an empty Movistar Academy Magarinos. Without fans and away from the fanfare of Espacio Fundación Telefónica of previous years. The players, one by one and alternating between members of the male and female team, took to the Magata court. They wore the new shirts, with the colors blue and black… and green, which were exclusively worn by the youth squad Nacho Arroyo and which will be used at specific times of the season as a sign of the school's commitment to environmental sustainability.

“We are ready for the start of the season,” said Javi Zamora. The college coach takes Students for the second year, this from the beginning, which will have 16 players to face the course, seven of them homegrown: Édgar Vicedo, Adams Sola, Nacho Arroyo, Dovydas Giedraitis, Diego Alderete, Levy Gilad and Rubén Dominguez.

There was only one absence in the presentation, Nemanja Djurisic, one of the five signings along with the returnees Alec Brown and Aleksander Cvetkovic, and the new ones: Ángel Delgado and John Roberson. Both will start the season against Baxi Manresa on Sunday at the WiZink Center (12:30), after a very short preseason due to different physical problems.

“It is a group that works with passion and enthusiasm every day, in every training session and in every game. Hopefully we can convey to the public what we are going to give on the field. I hope we can compete every Sunday to win ”, continued the coach, who will have Aleksa Avramovic and Edwin Jackson, two great gunners, as the main points of reference for the team.

“We are two players who can share the ball. We have quality to score, but also to facilitate the game for other teammates. We just want to win, ”said Jakson. The Frenchman, in his second stage at the Estu, wants to assume gallons of leadership: “It's what I was looking for when I came. I want to be in a project for many years, not just one like in the past, ”he continued. Avramovic, for his part, escapes from labels: “I don't think about the leadership of the team, only about how I can help, either with points, assists, defense ... Everything the coach wants from me. If you want me to score a lot of points, I do it; if you want me to defend, just the same. ”

Women in Black

The feminine, meanwhile, returns to the elite. It does so two years after relegation and after dominating group A of Liga Femenina 2 with an iron fist (21 victories, 20 in a row) until the stoppage due to the coronavirus. And he will do it on a difficult court: Girona (21:00). "Do you want to start? It falls short. They have been hard and complicated months because we did not know how the end of last season was going to unfold, nor did we know anything about it, ”says María Espín, captain of the Women in Black, who has six new faces compared to the previous year and the absence of two flagships of the team and the club: Mariana González and Irene San Román.

“We have had a slightly atypical preseason, few games, but it is not an excuse because the rest are in the same. We want to start, we would have liked, due to the incorporations, to play and get to know each other a little more ”, stated Alberto Ortego, student coach.

The bad role played in the last adventure in Primera marks the steps of the new school project: “With the configuration of the team we learned from the past. We have more experience, players who know the League. We will make mistakes, but not the same ones, "concluded the coach.

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