Pau Gasol FC Barcelona Anadolu Efes
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Pau Gasol addressed the loss of FC Barcelona to Anadolu Efes in the 2021 EuroLeague Championship Game (81-86).

Just like Mirotic, Gasol congratulated Efes on winning the title, and said it’s a shame FC Barcelona didn’t win this game.

“I lived this season with the joy of being back to playing, with the joy of feeling physically better with each game, and being able to help this team complete what they already had, and still have a little more.

It’s a shame we did not win today because it is the most important title that we can win. It just could not happen today. Efes played well; we must congratulate them.

Now we must focus on the Spanish League and finish the season on a high note. We did a better job of containing Micic and Larkin in the first half than we did in the second half. They were able to get into the lane and get good looks.

They got in rhythm, I think, because they got a lot of foul calls and foul shots, especially Shane in the first half. But they stayed with it. They are very good players, very aggressive and they made it tough for us and they got the win because of it,” Pau Gasol told reporters afterwards.

If Gasol (40 years old) remains with FC Barcelona next season, he will have the opportunity to fight again for claiming the EuroLeague, which he has never won.