Insane step to the summit: Bavaria
FC Bayern is ready to write German basketball history. "If your team answers in an all-or-nothing game, the border is the sky," said coach Andrea Trinchieri after the comeback of the Munich in the quarter-final series against the big FC Barcelona. At 2: 2 after four games, FC Bayern lacks a victory to sensationally draw in the EUROLEAGUE final.
"We want to give everything we have, full of energy," said international Andreas Obst before the showdown on Tuesday (8:00 p.m./Magenta sport). "We want to build on the games of the series, take a lot with us and play for victory," said the 25-year-old, whose team landed in Barcelona on Monday evening.
In the Palau Blaugrana in Catalonia, the decision is made as to whether the title candidate and main round winner Barcelona around the former NBA professionals Alex Abrines and Nikola Mirotic or the outsider from Munich will make the leap into the final tournament from May 19 to 21 in Belgrade. Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Real Madrid are qualified. It is also 2-2 between Olympiacos Piraeus and AS Monaco.
Can Bavaria make it too? "Of course that would be an insane step because we are actually not that far in our planning," said President Herbert Hainer. "We want to go to the European top and build it up gradually. If we are already going to the final Four, it would of course be amazing, terrific."
The games in Barcelona in particular were unique.
The Munich team has been working on for years to establish themselves in top -class Europe. "We have overcome Euroleague twice in a row," said Bayern Managing Director Marko Pesic. Development is progressing step by step. The new high-tech hall SAP Garden, in which over 10,000 spectators are expected to be played for the first time in the coming year, is to become another milestone.
"I expect new impulses for basketball when we have finished the SAP Garden," said honorary president Uli Hoeneß in the BR. The first move into the Final Four this year could already spark great thrust. "The team has come together very much for the past two months. The games in Barcelona were particularly unique."
the Munich believe in their chance
The hurdle Barcelona couldn't be higher. But the Munich believe in their chance. "I never feel like an outsider," said the American center Othello Hunter. As expected, the warm-up in the Bundesliga was as possible on Sunday evening at 92:57 against Würzburg.
Thanks to a defensive masterpiece, Bayern had worn up the Catalan Star ensemble of coach Sarunas Jasikevicius at 59:52 two days earlier. "Now everything is possible," said forward Augustine Rubit. It was the second Munich victory in the series after 90:75 in Barcelona. "We know what to expect in Barcelona," said Trinchieri. "We return in the throat of the shark."