He has already played many times in Madrid with the Barça shirt, but for Niko Mirotic the games against his great rival are still special. Also for the Catalans, who in recent years have won numerous times at Wizink. Despite this, there is no confidence but the certainty that they will have to be at their best level to return with victory.
Classic. “We always go with a lot of desire to face the game. Aware that we will have to play even better than last time. We have to be more solid as a team, gaining strength and confidence for what is to come. We travel with illusion”.
Win in usual Madrid. “Surely one day we will lose. We will try to face each game in the same way, as if it were the last. That is the mentality. And defend, control the rebound because that’s where they hurt us. We will have to play faster, tire them out more. I’m optimistic”
Reception in Madrid. “They don’t like me very much. I always look at how I am. For me it’s normal, I understand people but I never get involved in what others do. I try to play well, I know what I stand for and what is expected of me when big games are played. Just like the desire they have against us, the same thing happens to us. Its a classic. I don’t worry about people, I worry about winning and playing well”.
personal level. “I have been good but not as I would have liked. I always expect more from myself, I can be at a better level. I’m not getting much of three but it’s not something that worries me. I always think about how I can help, even if it’s not scoring. My game is not just shooting three. I work to be better, in the gym as well as working extra on the track. My best version is yet to come. But the important thing is that the team is playing well”.
Last match. “The last few minutes were very good. Oscar was incredible, Higgins at a tremendous level… It’s what we need. We have a long squad and we can all play at a high level. The memory is good, we played a very complete and serious game. How it has to be”.
Cup draw. “In the end there are no surprises here, if you want to win you don’t care who the rival is”.