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Yannis Sapropoulos at the end of another loss: "We collapsed, it's frustrating" - Walla! sport

2021-03-02T21:55:32.769Z

The Maccabi Tel Aviv coach was disappointed at the end of the 84:80 against CSKA, but also found solace: "The fact that we did not give up is encouraging, I believe in the players"



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Yannis Sapropoulos at the end of another loss: "We collapsed, it's frustrating"

The Maccabi Tel Aviv coach was disappointed at the end of the 84:80 against CSKA, but also found solace: "The fact that we did not give up is encouraging, I believe in the players"

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Disappointment on the Yellows' bench (Photo: Danny Maron)

A big disappointment was recorded tonight (Tuesday) among Maccabi Tel Aviv players and players after the Yellows almost completed a comeback from a 22-point deficit against CSKA Moscow, but lost 84:80 at the end. Yannis Sapropoulos' team looked terrible in the first half and only woke up towards the end of the quarter. Chris Jones, Othello Hunter and Tyler Dorsey returned the hosts to minus two only, but at the end of Maccabi Tel Aviv with a fourth consecutive loss, and it seems that the playoff dream is slipping between his fingers.



Maccabi Tel Aviv coach

Yannis Sapropoulos

: "It was clear in the quarter. The other one collapsed, we allowed them light baskets and that's the thing we need to improve.

We missed easy shots, we lost balls, we had to keep fighting the defense and not allow them easy baskets.

We tried to come back in the second half, we were better in the third quarter and gave everything in the fourth quarter when we tried to come back, we had the opportunities, things that could have made us even closer. "

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Sapropolos with the actors (Photo: Danny Maron)

The Greek continued: "It is frustrating on the one hand and on the other hand it is better to lose like this than to lose by 25 points. We are disappointed that we lost the game but the fact that we did not give up is encouraging. I can only count how many games we lost by 3-4 points. "I say this all season, for me it's very good that we are fighting, but once we are not good we need to be more focused on defense. We were out of focus for a few minutes, and from good defense coming out of the bad minutes, we will have to improve."



On his players: "I believe in my team and my players, I believe we can do a better job both when we lose but also when we win. When playing against a team like that in the Final Four you have to see what we did wrong and prepare for the next game. We were wrong when we allowed them to open such a gap "But we believed we could go back and reduced the difference to just 2 points."



Sapropoulos tried to explain the disappointing season for the Yellows: "We have been playing without a break for two years, we are the only team in the Euroleague with three and a half weeks off, it is normal when the players do not play for two years without a break. "Mentally we are two years without a break and this is the first time in my career when I face such a thing, and other teams did not have to deal with such a thing."

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Itodis (Photo: Danny Maron)

CSKA coach

Dimitrios Itudis

: "I will take the victory, which is a big away victory.

This is the second time we have won an away game, and there are definitely similarities between the two games.

We do not have too much time to work, but we need to change our mentality.

We also need to get better when it comes to game spacing.

Maccabi Tel Aviv scored amazing shots in the final minutes, but we managed to take control of the situation.

We also scored big shots, took the rebounds we needed and got the win. "



Outstanding Russian

Will Claiborne

:" We almost let the game escape from our fingers, but that's how basketball is.

Sure, we made a lot of mistakes related to the mental state we were in in the second half, but in the end we won and that's what we did. "



Ohad Weirman helped prepare the article

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    Netz

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    Gates

    Nk

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    Barcelona

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    19

    0

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    1992-2190

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    2

    CSKA Moscow

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    18

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    10

    0

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    1978-1972

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