Alba Berlin won its first final match against permanent rivals Bayern Munich. However, residents of the capital still do not see themselves as clearly favored.
Alba Berlin mastered his first big challenge against Bayern Munich with mental strength.
Alba coach Marco Baldi said after 86: “There is always a lot of pressure in the first game. The most difficult thing against Bayern is to try to play and stay calm. They are the most experienced team, the most solid team.” Victory 73. The victory of the homeland over the permanent competitor.
Because it is precisely this cruelty that has disrupted the rhythm of Berliners for so long. They know when to take a timeout. Someone falls, someone laces their shoes, the coach is complaining. There is always something there,” Baldy said, adding, “It’s very difficult to stay above everything and keep it cool. But we are. We were able to do that today.”
The game has been very balanced for a long time. Both teams had a three-way feast in almost the entire game. That surprised even the 60-year-old Alba CEO. “There were amazing rates of fire on both sides,” Baldy said. “It was a little unusual in a final with this intensity.”
Only at the last stage was the title holder able to withdraw. Then the people of Berlin seemed more attentive and more alert. They had already finished their semi-final series against Ludwigsburg last Friday, so they had a full week to prepare.
On the other hand, Bayern had to play again less than 48 hours after the semi-final. “Of course it was still in their bones,” said winger Luis Olinde. “Maybe that was a few extra grits for us.”
18 Alba wins in a row
But the people of Berlin did not want to consider this the decisive reason. “They are all well-trained professionals. Especially in the end everything is packed again,” Baldy said. He saw the difference in the different ways of playing: “We are lighter on our feet and our system is lighter,” Olind added, “In the end, the will decides anyway in the finals.”
Alba is now leading 1-0 in its best of five series. “More, but not either,” said the Alba manager. The advantage now lies with the defending champion, who has now won 18 games in a row. “We have the confidence and we know what we can do,” Olind said. However, the Berlin players still do not consider themselves clear favorites ahead of Tuesday’s second match in Munich (7pm / MagentaSport).
Even if Bayern coach Andrea Trencheri declares the Berlin players as such before the final. “I always find these discussions a bit boring,” Baldy said. “All the background noise is absolutely unimportant.” The Munich team also tried such matches before the semi-final against Bonn. Baldy was amazed: “If I were Bavaria, I would have been my favorite Bonn name. To be honest, I don’t see ‘Mia San Mia’ there.” (dpa)