laso: real madrid baloncesto's game-plan worked in euroleague final

15:32    24 May 2018

Pablo Laso
Real Madrid Baloncesto head coach Pablo Laso says he is very proud after becoming a European champion again.

The 50-year-old tactician masterminded Real's 85-80 win over Turkish side Fenerbahce Dogus in the 2017/18 EuroLeague final in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.

This was Laso's second title with the Spanish giants having won the 2014/15 trophy with Real, who defeated Greek side Olympiacos 78-59 in the final.

"Real Madrid is Real Madrid. I respect Fenerbahçe a lot as a team. It is a team that has played this final for the third year in a row," Laso said on Spanish website, ABC.

Real went on to win the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2015 after winning 2014/15 Euro League title under Laso's guidance.

"Not only speaks well of (Fenerbahce head coach Zeljko) Obradovic, also of the club, but we had a plan and we have followed it.

The retired point guard stated that they were playing against a strong team in Fenerbahce, who were the defending EuroLeague champions.

"We were clear about what had to be done and we have not surrendered at any time," Laso, who is a former Real player, added.

"We hesitated, just a bit at the end because it is a tough team and they tried to overcome us."

Real finished fifth on this season's EuroLeague standings and they defeated Greek side Panathinaikos Superfoods 3-1 in the play-offs.

They reached the final after overcoming Russian side CSKA Moscow 92-83 in an exciting semi-final tie.
 

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