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China: Argentina and Spain comment ahead of FIBA World Cup final in Beijing

0 15.09.2019 Инфо

W/S Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez and Argentina player Luis Scola arriving at press conference, Beijing
SOT, Sergio Hernandez, Argentinian coach: "What can I say, it's a final game. We are really excited and happy of course. I don't want to think so much, just play the game. Game days are long days sometime, you get up early and you came to practice and then press conference, and everyone want to know, a lot of messages on my phone, my sons, my family. So I try to disconnect. Like Luis say, sometimes the game is really now who has the best game, the best night, we will win. Because both teams sure we planning for play the game very well, play hard, play passionate of course. So who play a little better will be a champion, and it's so important, so I don't want to think so much and say thank you for everything."
W/S Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez and Argentina player Luis Scola at press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Luis Scola, Argentinian player: "Well I don't think there is a specific message that you can translate it and write about it. I think we felt that we were a very good team, we felt that we were in a stage where we can compete with everybody and I think not a lot of people thought we were right. And, I'm not saying that from the anger or revenge or anything like that. It's okay, you know we needed to prove it and we needed to show it. You can't expect people to give you a sort of recognisement [recognition] before you do stuff."
W/S Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez and Argentina player Luis Scola leaving press conference
SOT, Rudy Fernandez, Spanish player: "The rule in this national team you know, we are very opportunities and this is a great opportunity for us for young players, for the country. And, I think it is very important you know, for the Spanish people, and the young players [that] come to this national team and [we] try to make this happen."
W/S Spanish player Rudy Fernandez and Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo at press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Sergio Scariolo, Spanish coach: "I believe that these two teams highly overachieved, being here. Nobody predicted, somebody told me that this final was quoted at 60 [60:1 odds] from [a] betting company before. I hope that somebody play on that, play money on that because you can get rich."
W/S Spanish player Rudy Fernandez and Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo at press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Sergio Scariolo, Spanish coach: "The best teams of the competition. I mean, there's not too much to fool around this, name-wise probably not, for sure not, but basketball-wise, competitiveness, resilience, togetherness. These have been values which basically accompanied these two teams throughout the whole process and it's a good message to everybody. You don't have to participate in a competition where somebody on the paper is stronger than you [by] leaving your ambition at home. You've got to bring over your ambition, be humble, but at the same time trust yourself and especially do what is in your hands to compete."
W/S Spanish player Rudy Fernandez and Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo at press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Sergio Scariolo, Spanish coach: "We have fun competing, we've been winning so much because we find fun into the competition even playing defence, which is not exactly the most fun thing in the world right. It depends on what makes you happy. Compete and feel we can face a stronger opponent a bigger opponent, makes us happy, and this is our fun."
W/S Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo leaving press conference
SCRIPT
The respective coaches and key players from the Argentina and Spanish basketball teams commented at a press conference in Beijing ahead of their FIBA World Cup final showdown on Sunday.
"Both teams sure we planning for play the game very well, play hard, play passionate of course. So who play a little better will be a champion," said Argentinian coach Sergio Hernandez.
"We felt that we were in a stage where we can compete with everybody and I think not a lot of people thought we were right. And, I'm not saying that from the anger or revenge or anything like that. It's okay, you know we needed to prove it and we needed to show it," Argentina player Luis Scola added, commenting on his teams unpredicted ascent to the the final.
Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo also commented at the press conference that both his and the Argentinian side "overachieved" in their unforeseen string of victories to reach the final.
"This is a great opportunity for us for young players, for the country. And, I think it is very important you know, for the Spanish people, and the young players [that] come to this national team and [we] try to make this happen," Spanish player Rudy Fernandez added.
The FIBA World Cup final will be held later on Sunday with both teams defying the odds to reach the final remaining undefeated throughout the competition. For Spain it will be the first time they have reached this stage since 2006 and for Argentina the first time since 2002.