Mumbrú-Ponsarnau, crossroads at La Fonteta

Mumbrú against Ponsarnau in a Valencia-Bilbao Basket. a true crossroads between the technicians and the teams they led. In a very different situation. The man from Barcelona left Miribilla being a legend, with his shirt retired and a great journey as a coach, and he is going through difficulties in a bench as electric as that of La Fonteta. He seemed to have eighth place tied up, but lately he has opened the door for others to come in and take it away. The ilerdense, for his part, was questioned from the outset in Valencia, but he achieved good results, including a Eurocup, and now he is resoundingly successful in Bilbao, despite some ups and downs. He does not dare to give guidelines to his colleague so that he can do better in a place he knows: “It is about being faithful to what you are. Those who win in a squad like Valencia are the players and as a coach you have to try to get them to find that confidence that allows their quality to flourish. Surely Álex has many more tips for me here, than he has been for many years ”.

Otherwise, Hakanson had a face of circumstances this morning. It is a serious doubt for the game due to some lumbar and pubic problems that he suffered from in training yesterday. He will undergo medical tests. Sulejmanovic will be available after being dosed at the beginning of this week after the extra effort he made to be able to play in Fuenlabrada. The Swedish point guard, a star this year whenever injuries and overexertion have left him, was consoled by his coach: “The poor boy is having a hard time. It’s a tough situation for a professional player to come in and out in a year when he was playing like a dream. Professional sport is not healthy and this is the maximum exponent”, lamented Ponsarnau. Francis Alonso is still out, the same as Goudelock and Rigo, and Withey worked the margin, taking clear steps in his progression, in this morning’s exercises at La Casilla. A worrying panorama before a match of the demand that is coming.

Ponsarnau believes that, once out of the Euroleague and now focused exclusively on the Endesa League, Valencia “is at an optimum moment” to “find the level” that it has not reached during the course and considers that “one thing that we do not Ayuda” to Surne Bilbao is the defeat suffered by those from Mumbrú on Wednesday in Murcia. “Everything is going to conjure up there so that this game is a step forward. Our challenge is to try that it is not this Saturday”, stressed the Tárrega strategist, aware that to speed up the “remote chances” of winning at the Fuente de San Luis they will need “inspiration and energy” as when they defeated Barcelona.

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“The other day in Fuenlabrada we screwed up, we know it. We made a very human mistake and we are going to try to get up and find a plan that works. The last game didn’t work out and that’s when I sang the ‘mea culpa’. Let’s see if we can find a way to be more competitive and not think about the before or the prize but about the how and we try to be very focused on that. At home we have found a character in which Miribilla has helped us, abroad we have to find that mentality ”, she concluded.

For his part, Mumbrú stressed that the improvement of the team’s game happens in the first place by improving the defense and he admitted that there are moments in which they are not capable of having the toughness that is needed in that plot. “It is an important part of our game and we must try to be much more solid defensively and accompany it with good actions in attack. But we must be more solid in defense, ”he insisted in statements to the media. “It is something important and we have been working on it since before. We have been working on it all year but sometimes we are not able to get the mechanisms or the hardness that we need”, he added.

The former man in black said that in the defeat last Wednesday on the UCAM Murcia track the team was “somewhat frustrated” and said that they must get up “psychically”, something in which he hopes the fact that this Saturday’s duel will help It is in La Fonteta. “Everything changes with victories,” he recalled. “It’s an important game for us against a team that plays basketball well and that has just won a week ago like the one they say against Barcelona at home,” said the former Bilbao coach in recent seasons and also for many years his player. “With the casualties they have had, they have been able to overcome, continue playing well and defend well. They rely a lot on team defense and we know that they are not going to make it easy for us and that we will have to be focused for 40 minutes to be able to beat them ”, he concluded.

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