Spahija: “I’m coming every year to Valencia”

2018-04-06T23:00:31+00:00 2018-04-06T23:07:43+00:00.

Dionysis Aravantinos

06/Apr/18 23:00

Coach Spahija’s return to Valencia did not come with a win for Maccabi, but after the game, he stated that he visits Valencia every year… simply not as a coach.

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Valencia Basket said goodbye to this EuroLeague season with a win against Maccabi Tel Aviv. After the game coach Neven Spahija said the following about the game and coming back to Valencia as an opponent, facing his former team.

Coach Spahija commented about playing against Valencia in Spain: “I’m coming every year to Valencia, but not as a coach.”

He also stated the following about the competition: “The EuroLeague is the best possible product in Europe. After so many years, the teams don’t need to play the group stage, and with the new system, you have to play against everybody. It’s a totally different system. It is challenging, the rosters have to be deeper. It is difficult to develop the players, and you have to have 12-14 players ready if you want to qualify for the playoffs.”

When asked about the game he said the following: “They were better in the first half, we were better in the second half and congratulations to Valencia for the win.”

On the other hand, coach Txus Vidoretta said the following about finishing this season off strong: “Our job during these 40 minutes was to take this important win for us, to finish the second half of the regular season with a positive balance, and to continue this series of beating some great EuroLeague teams here in the last few months: Panathinaikos, Khimki, Barcelona, CSKA and now Maccabi. For us, it was the only chance we had to accomplish something in the second half of the season, and we took it, we did our best. It was a well-done season, especially with the problems we had. I am satisfied with my players, and I think that with a little bit of luck we could have been fighting to be in the playoffs.”

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