The final duel between the two great teams was almost over. But Bayern avoided the end. Now against Alba. Berliners go to the series in comfort.
The road to the final dream was more difficult than expected for the basketball players from Bayern Munich.
While the Alba Berlin pros were able to relax on the sofa, Bayern had to play a full five matches against Telekom Baskets Bonn. But revenge for last year’s defeat must work now. “Now we have to rejuvenate a little bit, and after that everything is possible against Berlin,” Bayern captain Nihat Djidovic said after winning the fifth match in Bonn. The first final will take place in Berlin on Friday (8:30pm / Magentasport).
Trenchery sees Alba as the favourite
From the former, the residents of Munich went directly to the current capital. Do not waste more time was the slogan. But while he was still at the Telekom Dome, Bayern coach Andrea Trinchieri started playing the usual mind games before the prestige duel in German basketball. The Italian player said: “They have recovered well, are the favorites, have won 17 times in a row, played great basketball, and have already won the German Cup.” “They are the favourites for me, but I will not replace my team with any other team.”
The two German giants have already met four times this season in the league and in the Euroleague. Bayern won three times, but the last match between the two teams at the end of the main round went to Berlin. “Bayern against Alba is of course a great final,” said Berlin’s Luis Olind. “Of course it’s good to think that you’ve won against them before.”
Berlin is at its best
While Bayern were on the verge of elimination against Bonn, Alba walked through the playoffs largely effortlessly. The capital team, led by national player Maodo Lo, has been at its best for weeks and is currently the barometer of all things German basketball. The fact that they managed to win the National Cup in their own hall in February means that Berlin can enter the final series with a certain calm. The season was already successful with one title. The pressure is more on Bayern, who, although they have taken a lot of credit in the Euroleague with a thrilling streak in the quarter-final against Barcelona, have yet to win a title this season.
That should change now in the finalists. “Alba against Bayern is always something special. I hope our team can now take advantage of the semi-finals to the final,” said Uli Hoeness, Bayern honorary president, who traveled to Bonn to support the crucial fifth round of the semi-finals.
The issue of rhythm could play a role in Friday’s first game. After all, Alba’s last match against MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg was a week ago. But that doesn’t really worry Berliners. “We deserved the title. It was not an easy season, we suffered a lot of injuries. But the basketball we play was very attractive and we enjoy it. We have a good spirit and that makes us strong,” said Johannes. Thiemann. (dpa)