Bayern’s basketball players want to create a sensation – and thus provide an innovation. Munich may be the first German team to qualify for the Euroleague Final Four.
FC Bayern feels ready to write the history of German basketball.
“If your team responds like this in a game all or nothing, the sky is the limit,” said coach Andrea Trinchieri after returning to Munich in the quarter-final series against the great Barcelona. With the result 2: 2 after four matches, FC Bayern is missing a victory to become sensationally the first German team to advance to the Final Four of the Euroleague.
FC Bayern ahead of the German premiere
In the match on Tuesday (20:00 / Magentasport) in Palau Blaugrana in Catalonia, it will be decided whether the title contender and winner of the main round Barcelona about former NBA professionals Alex Abrines and Nikola Mirotic or the foreigner from Munich will take the step to the final tournament on May 19-21 in Belgrade. Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Real Madrid have qualified. It is also 2-2 between Olympiacos Piraeus and AS Monaco.
Can Bayern do the same? “Of course, this would be a crazy step, because we have not come that far in our planning,” said President Herbert Hainer. “We want to reach the top of Europe and we are building it gradually. If we get to the Final Four now, it would certainly be crazy, great.”
Munich residents have worked for years to establish themselves in the best class in Europe. “We have won twice in a row in the Euroleague,” said Bayern managing director Marko Pesic. Development continues step by step. The new high-tech SAP Garden Hall, which will probably be able to host more than 10,000 spectators for the first time next year, will be another milestone. Entering the Final Four for the first time this year could create a huge boost.
Hunter: “Never feel like a stranger”
But the Barcelona hurdle, which Trinchieri had meanwhile described with flowers as Mount Everest to climbers, could not have been higher. But Munich believes in their chance. “I never feel like a stranger,” said American center Othello Hunter. As expected, the warm-up in the Bundesliga went smoothly on Sunday night with the 92:57 victory over Würzburg.
Thanks to a masterpiece in defense, Bayern had exhausted the Catalan stars of coach Sarunas Jasikevicius two days ago at 59:52. “Now anything is possible,” said striker Augustine Rubit. After 90:75 in Barcelona was the second victory of Munich in the series. “We know what to expect in Barcelona,” said Trinchieri. “We return to the shark’s jaws.” (dpa)