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Europe’s top basketball players and coaches kicked off the EuroLeague Final Four competition with a news conference in the Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz on Thursday. This year the tournament will see two Turkish clubs – Fenerbahce and Anadolu – playing against each other in the first semi-final. CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid will meet in the other game.
Kyle Hines of CSKA Moscow commented that “we’ve been fighting all year long for an opportunity to be here on this stage. So this feeling, this experience never gets old. And I think with every new year and every opportunity that we have to come here, I think we get more excited, the intensity becomes even more.”
Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic said he hopes his team will come home victorious for a second time after their victory in 2017 and achieving second place in 2018. “28 victories, if you multiply it with some money, for every victory, not bad, it helps the club, so we need 29 and 30 if its possible”, said Obradovic at the news conference.
When asked about the advantage of playing in his home country, Real Madrid Coach Pablo Laso said: “If you arrive to the Final 4, the motivation is there, you don’t get motivation because you play in your home town or you play away. Final 4 is Final 4 so motivation is there.”
The Final Four games wrapping up EuroLeague’s 62nd season are scheduled to take place on Friday and Sunday.
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