Team captains and coaches share their thoughts on eve of Final Four
ISTANBUL (Turkey) - The captains and coaches of Fenerbahce Safiport, Perfumerias Avenida, Sopron Basket and ZVVZ USK Praha all came together on Thursday to share their thoughts ahead of the Final Four.
Roberto Iniguez, David Gaspar, Natalia Hejkova and Victor Lapena began the Pre-Event Press Conference before passing the floor to the four team captains - Silvia Dominguez, Zsofia Fegyverneky, Teja Oblak and Olcay Cakir.
Here are some of the key quotes:
"We are a humble club and just to qualify for another Final Four back-to-back is a big success."
"We are a humble club and just to qualify for another Final Four back to back is a big success. We want to enjoy this one, but we want more and we want to win. I think it is the perfect moment. We are focused on this Semi-Final and I think challenges that we had during the season have made us stronger." - Perfumerias Avenida captain, Silvia Dominguez
"This Regular Season has prepared us well as it was one of the toughest groups that we have had."
"This Regular Season has prepared us well as it was one of the toughest groups that we have had in these past years. We had to work for every single win. I think now we have to focus on the job and this about how we execute on the job and the details - not about what this game means. This team knows how to handle situations and I think it is important we have to enjoy because you never know when you will be back again." - Sopron Basket captain, Zsofia Fegyverneky
"We didn't come here just for the trip."
"It's nice to be back after missing the last two years. We had a good season and we have a nice team all working hard. But we didn't come here just for the trip. I want to make sure that we do our best and enjoy the first game against Fenerbahce and we will see who has the better day." - ZVVZ USK Praha captain, Teja Oblak
"I like to play in front of our fans because they are our sixth player."
"I like to play in front of our fans because they are our sixth player. They are always supporting us. It will be a tough game because all the teams here are the best teams in the competition. We are going to do our best. We want to win the Final Four and I hope we will beat Prague in this first game." - Fenerbahce Safiport captain, Olcay Cakir
"I have the same feeling every time at the Final Four. We want to be winners. This season we went through many difficulent moments. But I have a very good group and I am a lucky coach. This is our reward for our sacrifices." - Perfumerias Avenida head coach, Roberto Iniguez
"If I did not have the feeling (of revenge for last year against Avenida) then I would not be a sportsman. Of course we all have it. We want to compete and we want to win. We will learn from our mistakes from last season and also this season. I am really proud of my player and I am happy to be surrounded by teams like this and to sit here, next to coaches like this. We are ready for it." - Sopron Basket head coach, David Gaspar
"It's interesting that I have some experienced players and yet they are at the Final Four for the first time. Players like Brionna Jones and Maria Conde for example. It is interesting for them. I told them, this feeling will never get boring. But the most important thing is that during the season you can repair yourself, but at the Final Four, if you lose you are out. This is why the pressure is always so big." - ZVVZ USK Praha head coach, Natalia Hejkova
"I have good feelings coming from my players. They are very excited. The most important thing is for us to enjoy it here in Istanbul and being here with our fans. I am also hoping we can all see some very good basketball." - Fenerbahce Safiport head coach, Victor Lapena