Pablo Laso: "The quarry is the gasoline of Real Madrid"

The Vitorian coach highlighted, after the victory against Baskonia, the importance of the presence of homegrown players with the possibility of having options to access the first team.


Real Madrid successfully beat TD Systems Baskonia (88-73), current ACB champion, in its third preseason friendly. The bad third quarter of Ivanovic's men, they barely scored 6 points, took its toll on them after a very even first half. In this way, Laso's men add 3 wins in their 3 preseason stakes played so far. Next Saturday they will close their preparation against Casademont Zaragoza, before traveling to Tenerife to play the Spanish Super Cup.

After the match, Laso highlighted in the club's media the importance of the presence of homegrown players who have options to go up to the first team and make things difficult for the Vitorian coach: "The quarry at the end is, as I always say, our gasoline. Players who have been pushing from behind and little by little are making a place in the first team, "he acknowledged.

On the role of the 3 homegrown players present in the dynamics of the first team, the former Valencia Basket or Delteco GBC coach made special mention of Vukcevic's debut against Coosur Betis: "Yesterday, Vukcevic completed a great game, he was probably one of the better. He was very focused from the beginning and we are very happy with him. Tisma already played last week and Garuba already took a step forward last year and today he completed a great game against a great team, "he analyzed.

Regarding the evolution of the team, Laso acknowledged that there are still aspects to improve and eliminate certain specific errors: "We have been good in general. I liked the team in defense. I am more concerned about specific errors that we can avoid than specific general situations, which Some of us have well internalized but others we must improve them, "he said.

Garuba: "This year I have to contribute much more to the team"

Usman Garuba faces his second season as a full-fledged player in the Real Madrid first team. So far, the 18-year-old center has averaged 8 points in the 3 preseason games that the Whites have played. Against Baskonia, as against Movistar Estudiantes, he reached double digits in his account and contributed 10 points.

After defeating Ivanovic's men, Garuba was very satisfied with the club's media: "I am very happy with the match we completed. We started a bit relaxed in defense, but in the end with intensity and pace we managed to turn it around. We have improved in one-on-one situations and the defensive balance, that has been key to winning, "he said.

About his role in his second season in the first team, Garuba acknowledged that he must take a step forward and contribute more to the team: "I am very happy to be able to share a dressing room for the second year with the best players and my goal is to continue learning from them This second year I must contribute much more, "he commented.

The Real Madrid youth squad highlighted the significance of the stake against the Vitorians to be able to measure first-hand the state of one of the potential rivals in the Tenerife final: "It was a test for the Super Cup, since they too are going to compete for her. We have to be ready for the 12th and keep working to get the title ", he concluded.

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