Anadolu Efes national players Tolga Geçim, Buğrahan Tuncer, Erten Gazi and Frutti Extra Bursaspor national player Egemen Güven made special statements to Demirören News Agency (DHA).
TOLGA LIFE: WE WILL PLAY 2 VERY IMPORTANT MATCHES
Saying that he is very happy to be in the national team, Tolga Geçim said, “Very valuable players came here, there are also very valuable players who did not come. We will play 2 very important matches. First, we are going to the Belarusian away game. We will go on the field and do our best there. Then on Sunday. We want to win here in front of our audience and hopefully close the first window with 2 out of 2,” he said.
“IF WE STAY HERE, WE WILL DO THE BEST WE CAN”
When asked whether it was difficult for them to continue playing EuroLeague competitions at national intervals due to the ongoing conflict between FIBA and EuroLeague, Tolga Geçim said, “This is a difficult thing for us, we have our country and national team on the one hand, and our club on the other. Clubs, national teams and the federation “They will meet and decide who goes and who doesn’t. If we stay here, we will go out on the field and do our best.”
“I ALWAYS DO EXTRA TRAINING”
Asked whether his lack of time in Anadolu Efes had any effect on his performance, Geçim said, “I’ve been playing for Anadolu Efes for 3 years. The team I’m playing for now is the best team in Europe, in my opinion. There are very valuable players in the team, there are very high quality players. I do my extra training every time. When I get the chance, I go out on the field and give my best.”
BUĞRAHAN TUNCER: WE WANT TO FIGHT WELL AND GET A WIN
Stating that they do not have much opportunity to prepare together, Buğrahan Tuncer said: “We will leave without a few players. The situation of Sertaç (Şanlı) from our squad last year is not clear and we lost Alperen (Şengün) to the NBA, so it is a more difficult period for us. “We will play two important matches. It is very important in terms of bringing victory to the upper group. Belarus is away. We watched a little today. It is a team that plays very hard and effectively. We want to show a good fight and win.”
“I’M COMING THIS YEAR WITH A COMFORTABLE HEAD”
When asked whether it is challenging to continue playing EuroLeague competitions during the national break, Tuncer said, “There is more abundance in the squad this year compared to previous years, as Efes. That’s why it was more comfortable for me to come. Playing the game again the next day affected my performance. I’m coming with a more relaxed mind this year, I’m focusing directly here. It’s more important for me.”
“CAN BE REHAVE”
Regarding Anadolu Efes’ bad start at the beginning of the season, Tuncer said, “Nothing much has changed. It could be complacency. It could be psychologically. When we started to lose the match… There were injuries at the beginning of the season, we didn’t have the chance to train together much. “It was an important disadvantage for us to lose in the middle of nowhere. We want to play in the top positions gradually,” he said.
ERTEN GAZİ: WE WANT TO GO TO THE GREECE MATCH WITH 2 IN 2
Stating that they spent their first day in the camp, Erten Gazi said, “Our season continues. Our first day in the camp. The morale of the team is good, because everyone is very excited here. We want to go to the Greece game with 2 of 2, beating Belarus first and then Great Britain.”
“IT WAS ONE OF MY BIGGEST DREAM”
When asked about his first role in the National Team, Gazi replied: “It has been one of my biggest dreams for a long time. It is a very special feeling for me to have it happen here at Sinan Erdem Sports Hall. I can’t wait to play my first official game. I hope I can put a smile on everyone’s face. Both our team and our nation will smile, I hope they are with us.”
“LIKE A DIESEL ENGINE, WE WILL OPEN LATER”
Commenting on Anadolu Efes’ bad start at the beginning of the season, Gazi said, “Everyone in the team was aware of this when we talked among ourselves. I believe we will overcome this due to the maturity in the team. Everyone is aware of everything. We will open up later, like a diesel engine.”
EGEMEN GÜVEN: I BELIEVE WE WILL WIN BOTH MATCHES IN THE BEST WAY
Egemen Güven, on the other hand, stated that they want to win both games and said, “We want to make our country proud. We do not have much time, we will train 2-3 times and play the game. We take every opponent seriously. I believe that we will work very well and hopefully win both games in the best way.”
“EVERY PLAYER HERE IS VERY QUALITY”
Stating that every player called up to the national team is of very high quality, Güven said, “Every player who is here is very high quality, every person called for the squad is very high quality, our staff is very high quality. No matter what happens, whoever comes, I believe that we will fight our best and win both games.” ‘ he concluded.