One of CSKA Moscow’s new acquisitions in the off-season Sergio Rodriguez admits that his side were finding their feet in the first quarter of their game against Olimpia Milano.

The Muscovites won 93-84 against the Italians who finished rock bottom last season but were stunned in the first quarter by an slick and effective offensive display by Milano who headed into the second period 30-16 in-front.

“At the start we were really bad, but I think we were trying to wait for them and see how they were going to play in the beginning,” said Rodriguez.

But Rodriguez said that CSKA began to play with pride from the second quarter onwards, even though they still trailed 48-38. The 2016 EuroLeague winners regrouped and took charge on the third quarter where they ultimately secured the win.

“They played really good,” Rodriguez admits. “After the first quarter we showed more pride, we were more intense and energetic. Our opponents’ game was not a surprise for us, it was the first game.”

Rodriguez, who spent last season in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers tallied 20 points on his return to the EuroLeague.