"It is a dangerous game against a good team with one big roster", Said Giannis Sfairopoulos towards the matchup. They have lost their first three games, so they will fight to capture their first one. We told the players to be ready for a tough contest. Valencia has good players that each one of them can contribute, and we need to be concentrated for 40 minutes".
"We know their strengths, we will need to play good defense to stop them and to take advantage wisely of their weaknesses on defense". Added Sfairopoulos. "I hope the arena will be full, to bring results we need our fans to support us during the game".
We will want to keep them low scoring, they run a lot, like all Spanish teams, so we will need to be a unified group to prevent their transition game. Answered Sfairopoulos to the question about the rhythm of Valencia. "I think the first home game is always the most difficult one, and we passed it through. Now we are getting in rhythm and feel better". In Maccabi, you always have pressure to win, especially at home, but we don't think about it - we are only thinking of playing better basketball, and I want our players to perform to our level".
"We need to learn from the last game. Luckily, we didn't pay the price on those last five minutes, we need to be ready mentally to stay focused for 40 minutes", Said Sfairopoulos.
When asked about the homegrown players from Maccabi answered the greek coach: "When I came here I gave zoosman a more significant role, and he succeeded, now we are doing the same with Deni. About Omri, I said more than once that I'm happy he is here because he is the best Israeli player".
"They are a good team, they haven't won yet but had some close losses, and they played well against Efes, so every game is tough in the EuroLeague, so we need to be ready to play", Said Nate Wolters towards the game. "We need to take it game by game, one at a time, and it's a home game, and every EuroLeague match is important, so it's a game we need to win". The crowd was amazing last week; hopefully, it will be the same, and we feed off their energy".