The desire for the basketball sensation is huge, it tingles without end. (NEWS: Everything about the EuroLeague)
“I’m super excited. We’re all ready, it’s a special game,” said Bayern Munich’s star player and co-captain Vladimir Lucic before the biggest game in the club’s history, the game of games. (Schedule and results of the EuroLeague)
In the fifth duel of the quarter-final series of the EuroLeague at Armani Milan, the team around coach Andrea Trinchieri reaches for a ticket for the Final Four in Cologne (May 28th to 30th) – spheres that German clubs have never dared to dream of.
Bayern go into the showdown on Tuesday (from 8.45 p.m. in the LIVETICKER) in the Mediolanum Forum (table of the EuroLeague)
After two initial defeats in Milan, Lucic and Co. had fought their way back in an impressive way in their own hall. “Now we are in the minds of the Milanese,” said national player Paul Zipser with a grin after the 2-2 equalizer.
Bavaria beckons historic final four
No German team had previously reached the premier class playoffs. With the jump to the final tournament, Bayern would write history once more.
It will be incredibly difficult, “said managing director Marko Pesic, who helped shape the rise of Munich from the second division club to the top of Europe.
With the current team, which is characterized by enormous solidarity and fighting spirit, “anything is possible”.
The preparation for the decisive game was once again tricky. Munich had to play in the Bundesliga at the BG Göttingen on Sunday and won 102-90 without numerous top performers. Even before the start of the play-offs, the people of Munich had ranted about the lack of consideration in the scheduling of the important European Cup appearances.
Trinchieri before returning home
Now the Bavarians are resolutely pushing aside any form of distraction, because beating the financially much more lavishly well-equipped Milanese in their own hall is extremely difficult.
All three previous season games against the physically strong and individually strong opponents were lost.
“We know what to expect,” said Trinchieri before returning to his hometown and showed a lot of respect for the title candidate: “You will come out with your best performance and we have to increase our level again.”
Lucic, the match winner on Friday at 85:82 only 23 seconds before the end via alley-oop after a crazy pass from Zipser, promises a tough fight. “We know how big the game is for the club, for German basketball,” said the Serb: “But we’re only concentrating on the one game and not the big picture.” (PORTRAIT: Vladimir Lucic: The key to Bavaria’s big coup)
Zipser: Time for the first victory in Milan “
Trinchieri has a hard time making predictions. “Game one was very similar to game four, game two was similar to game three – and now comes game five and I can’t imagine what happens next,” says the Italian.
Zipser, who once played for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, gives a clear route: “It’s time to get your first win in Milan.”
The timing would be perfect.