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Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman was very pleased with his team’s performance and the qualification to the Final Four.

Here is what the experienced coach told reporters in the post-game press conference of Game 5 against Barcelona:

“This was a final game, there is no technical analysis. I said before the game, I wrote in social media, the team that played better the entire season will win this series. I am proud of my players, I am proud of all Turkish fans, around 17,000 supporters in here.

Many people could not come because there were no more tickets. I am sure everybody was in front of TV. After 18 years we are in the Final Four. I am proud of my players.

Congratulations to Barcelona, they never gave up. I am so proud of my players. We made a great season. It was very difficult, it was very emotional for me. I can summarize this season in one sentence: The soul has come back.”

Anadolu Efes will face Fenerbahce in the semi-final on May 17.