Ataman prepared a trap for the favorite

Real Madrid vs. Panathinaikos in Berlin - the fight for the European basketball championship title starts at 20 p.m

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Ergin Ataman is chasing his third title, the first on the bench of Panathinaikos, Photo: Reuters
Ergin Ataman is chasing his third title, the first on the bench of Panathinaikos, Photo: Reuters
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Many would say that the final will be played tonight in Berlin, which could have been predicted in the middle of the regular season in the Euroleague. Real Madrid against Panathinaikos, great against great - one chasing 12, and the other the seventh title of European champion, but also the first one after 13 years.

Željko Obradović brought the last major trophy to Athens in 2011, and the arrival of Ergin Ataman made the fans believe again that they can conquer the Old Continent. The "only" problem is that they have against them the dominant Real, who have been defeated only seven times in the league...

- We are happy that after so long we returned to the finals, but we don't want to stop there - Ataman said.

PAO and Real reached the final quite routinely. The "Greens" beat Fenerbahce in the semifinals (73:57), while the team of Ćus Mate defeated Olympiakos 87:76 in a replay of last year's final.

- This season we were defeated by Real in Athens, but we beat them in Madrid. That triumph gave us great confidence and had a great influence on the continuation of the Euroleague - Ataman said and concluded:

- I prefer a system in which the final series would be played, with at least three wins, but in this kind of calendar that is not possible. Anyway, let's go for the title, we have 40 minutes to get it - the two-time winner of the Euroleague with Anadolu Efes is clear.

Ataman is participating in the final four for the fourth time in the last five years, and Mateo, who took over Real after the sudden departure of Pablo Laso, wants the title for the second season in a row.

- The most important thing is to preserve the mentality that graced us all season. We have to continue to pay attention to the details, because in the final every little thing matters. I believe that we have enough experience and quality to defend the title, but our rival is a team that never gives up and will not give us anything - said Mateo.

The final is at 20:17, and at XNUMX:XNUMX the duel for the third place between Olympiakos and Fenerbahçe starts.

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