Μιας και τα στατιστικά τα αναφέραμε στο γενικευμένο preview του ομίλου χθες, ας δούμε τι έχει να πει για την ομάδα του, ο υπεύθυνος τύπου της ομάδας Maksym Ananyevsky…(είναι στα αγγλικά γιατί δεν ξέρω ρώσικα και δεν ξέρει ελληνικά)
Στην αρχή τον ρώτησα να πει γενικά για την πορεία της ομάδας μέχρι τώρα και αν είναι χαρούμενοι:
»I’m very happy about Budivelnik have qualified to Top-16. As well as all the fans. But for me that success means a lot. I’m a fan of Budivelnik since 1989 when they won USSR championship beating Zalgiris in the finals. And in the end of 1990’s our team suffered financial problems and we never participated in European cups since 1998 (by the way, we played in EuroCup that season and played vs PAO). And this season we had kind of restart)))»
Μετά τον ρώτησα γιατί δεν παίζουν στο γήπεδο τους στο Κίεβο:
»our big gym – Sports Palace in Kyiv – was closed for reconstruction before Ice-Hockey division 1 world championship-2011. Our bosses wanted to make the reconstruction by their own money, but Ukrainian government refused them. So, we were forced to play in other city – Dnipropetrovsk because there are no other big gyms in the capital of Ukraine»
Για τους στόχους της ομάδας του:
»as our vice-president Serhiy Golod said we don’t have the aim to qualify to quarterfinals at any cost. Our main goal this season is Ukrainian Superleague gold! However, of course it will be great if we go to the next round!»
Για τον όμιλο:
»As for our group I will say that we were lucky to avoid UNICS. We think we have good chances to qualify. Of course if we play our game. We have good defense but we must improve in offence. And we hope that Dewarick Spencer, who was signed recently (as you may know he was banned for 3 months for testing positive for drugs), will be a real help! But he will be able to play only from the 1st of February.
I think that Aris and Le Man are the most dangerous teams. You have good players and you have big experience.
As for Goettingen – they have more American style team and we can stop them with good defense. Probably, they wouldn’t be so good next season.
Anyway, we are ready for any result but we really can win at least 3 matches.»
Για το παιχνίδι αύριο:
»It will be interesting how will PJ Tucker play because we remember him as very good player when he played for BC Donetsk. And maybe we don’t have athletic and defensive players on his position to stop him. But of course our coach Josep Maria Berrocal have his own opinion and plan. Also you have very big factor – your fans! It’s very interesting how many of them will be tomorrow and how many will trip to Dnipro.
And one more thing: how this situation abour Sharon Drucker will effect your players. Maybe they don’t want him to be a coach? Or vice versa – they will fight for him? Anyway, this is not a factor for us we need to be worried about our game at first. For example, I worry about Andy Betts. Maybe your fans will pressure him and he will be down?»