At the “Sinan Erden Dome” in Istanbul, Olympiacos’ coach, Giannis Sfairopoulos, and co-captain, Giorgos Printezis, as well as Fenerbahce’s head coach, Zeljko Obradovic, and center Ekpe Udoh talked about Sunday’s big Final.
Printezis, who scored the game winner against CSKA Moscow in the same stadium in 2012, said the team’s mission has been successful so far, as the new Euroleague format made things more difficult, however his squad needs to prepare even better for Sunday’s game.
Concerning Vassilis Spanoulis’ presence, the two-time Euroleague champion added that the “Reds” captain is a leader and it’s very difficult for any opponent to stop him.
For his part, Sfairopoulos said Friday’s game was only the first half and Olympiacos need to be at his very best on Sunday, although they will be the underdogs.
The experienced coach added he is proud of the club and all players have worked very hard to be in the Championship Game.
“Fenerbahce have great motivation, they are in the best shape of the year,” he mentioned, stating about his players’ performance against CSKA Moscow that “I don’t care who will score points, I do care who will be at his very best, who will give his maximum.”
On the other hand, coach Obradovic said Olympiacos is a great team, with experienced players that have showed character, so his squad needs to prepare very well, both physically and mentally, to win the title.
The eight-time Euroleague winner expressed the opinion that the “Reds” bench is their biggest power, while he sent a message to Fenerbahce’s fans, mentioning they need to respect Olympiacos and its fans.
Last but not least, Ekpe Udoh, who celebrates his birthday today, told the media that it’s a great feeling they will play in the Final and he and his team-mates will do their best to earn the title.
Regarding his plans about guarding Spanoulis, the American center said his squad needs to find the right game plan to stop him.