The coach of Barça, Svetislav Pesic, announced this Thursday that the club expects Victor Claver, who has already started training, is recovered “physically or mentally” to play against him Olympiacos Greek next December 27th. At the pre-match press conference of Euroleague of this Friday before him Bayern MunichPesic expressed the emotion he feels every time he faces his former team, who led the four seasons prior to his arrival at Barça (2012-2016).
“I have very good memories from there, but now I’m a Barça coach and in December all the teams want to win because they don’t know what will happen in the coming months and everyone is playing a lot,” added the Barça coach. On the sporting level, Pesic described the match as a “very difficult one”, as the Bavarian club has its full squad after the “injury problems and ups and downs” at the beginning of the season.
Barça visits Munich this Friday, where Olympiacos and Real Madrid fell
The Serbian praised the work of Bayern, which has the former NBA Greg Monroe as the main star, and recalled that this season they defeated Real Madrid and Greek Olympiacos on their track. On the other hand, Pesic emphasized the importance of defensive play, which he considered decisive in last Tuesday’s victory against French Villeurbanne. “We always think about defense and my players know that defense and control of the defensive rebound is essential for our attack and use our offensive talent,” he explained.
Not being able to count on three or four injured players has also been noted, according to Pesic, “as it is difficult to maintain physical and mental energy.” “We need the players to have a break game, like we did with Kyle Kuric, since in the last two games he was not at the level he had shown. It is the same as in the case of Adam Hanga, since he has to play because at the point guard we have no other option, “he concluded.
Before leaving for the Bavarian capital, the Barça expedition held a joint meal, in which the squad ate at a table and all the staff and coaching staff on the next one. The good atmosphere marked the meeting.