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22.03.2019 · 13:56

Trinchieri before the ABA League playoffs: "I look at my team, and I like what I see. We won't give up, we know what's at stake"

In the first game of the semi-final series, the black and whits will be guests against Crvena zvezda MTS, on Saturday, March 23, at 7 PM.

The fight for the ABA League playoffs final starts on Saturday, March 23, at 7 PM. In the first game of the semi-final series, Partizan NIS will be guests against Crvena zvezda MTS, and because of that, a press conference was held in Aleksandar Nikolić Hall.

The black and whites' captain, Novica Veličković, and coach, Andrea Trinchieri, spoke at the press conference:

"The derby is a special game, the derby in the playoffs is even more special. We were already three times on the court, and we played three completely different games. I expect another different one. How? I don't know, but different. I watch my team every day, and I feel that we are more relaxed than Zvezda, because this ABA semi-finals is one stop for us. My players understand that, we will watch it with a stopwatch for a new stop. And Zvezda is at the finish line, they made a team to go back to the EuroLeague right away. A fantastic team, I haven't seen this much talent in an ABA League team in a long time, and then they brought another player before the playoffs. They are front-runners, realistically. For me, they are a bit ahead of Budućnost, because they could time their form, and they didn't have injuries. Those are different levels. The last four weeks were hard for us, doctor were more on the court than the players. But, I watch my team, and I like what I see. We won't give up, we know what's at stake. I was taught to always respect my opponent, we know what they can do, but let's go, there is no series, one game, the first game - there isn't a lot to be said", Trinchieri pointed out.

Partizan NIS' captain, Novica Veličković, said:

"We all know what is ahead of us tomorrow, and of course we prepared for all of it. A lot of pressure is on both teams. We will do everything in our power to come out as winners, but it won't be easy, at all. We are playing against an experienced and talented team. We can promise to fight as hard as we can, and as with much as energy", said Veličković.

(Photo: Dragana Stjepanović, video: BC Partizan NIS)