Canada Between Ulm and Oldenburg: Alba in the stress of play

13:55  08 march  2021
13:55  08 march  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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At Alba Berlin, sports director Himar Ojeda was a little surprised himself after the 84:76 show of strength in Ulm, where his team had drawn their strength from. Because it was the fifth game in just ten days - the last three of them away. «This team has pride. And the will to hit her was great. And so the team found the remaining energy once more, »said Ojeda.

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The Spaniard is concerned with the high load. "This rhythm of the game is worrying because we lose our intensity," he said. In Ulm on Sunday, Alba hardly found this in the first half, but still in the second. For Ojeda this is not always repeatable. «The team will always try. But sometimes there can be days when there is no more energy, ”he said.

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Because in addition to the physical strain, there is also the mental challenge. "It is not so easy to focus on the important things in every game," said the sports director.

And already on Tuesday, Alba is challenged again in the pursuit duel of the basketball Bundesliga at home against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (7 p.m. / Magentasport). "So we can't think about it for long and have to see how we can keep up with the intensity there," said Ojeda.

There is hardly any time left for preparation. On Monday, the team set out early in the morning to return to Berlin via Munich. Then Alba was on the road for exactly one week. The corona test followed on arrival in Berlin, followed by a short final training session in the afternoon. Under these conditions, Ojeda expects another difficult course against Oldenburg. "It will be a very difficult game again and we will have to do our best again."

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