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Alba Berlin vs Bamberg : The Cup final is a duel of opposites

Why, you speak at Alba Berlin before the Cup final of a duel of opposites, one need only look to the two teams pretty quickly. Six national titles have the basketball player in the Berlin squad in their professional careers so far, won all of them. This brand had achieved Nikos Zisis alone in 2009. A total of 35 years, the oldest player in the Championships, but in the service of Bamberg, nine, six national Cup titles, a Euroleague title, a European Cup winners ' Cup and a European championship in his impressive Vita. The Greek is only the most Successful among many Successful. Also, Ricky Hickman and Tyrese Rice have won Europe's major club competition already. "Bamberg has two big advantages", says Alba's sports Director Himar Ojeda. "They play at home and they have got players who are very experienced, great title and know what matters in a final."

It is an unusual output in the final on Sunday (15 clock live on Sport1). Although the Bamberger conceded in the League, only one defeat of more than Alba and still in all three competitions are represented, their season so far as pretty grow. This is to a large extent with the unrest in the club. After a weak preseason, in the success of coach Andrea Trinchieri had to go, announced Bamberg's strong man and financier Michael Stoschek financial cuts. With Bayern Munich, the former series champion could not keep up, the squad remained busy despite the reduced Budgets of the highest calibre. But only since the previous assistant Federico Perego in January, the office of the head coach from the hapless Ainars Bagatskis has taken over, it runs in Bamberg again around. The great respect you have for Alba against the franc, has changed all this restlessness, however, nothing. "You are not able to show their qualities, perhaps not always, but in a game they are very dangerous," warns Ojeda.

"In the playoffs you can grow"

For Alba it will be, not the opponent, but to stay true to the own style. Because it's not just about the experience, it is a duel of opposites: here the tempo - and high-risk Berlin Basketball, since the geduldigere, put a lot of individual qualities out of the game of Bamberg. "The key will be to make the Ball quickly, to go with high intensity works to – to play as we always play," says Joshiko Saibou. Alba's national player believes that his Team has become compared to last year is even better. Since the Berlin lost after a significant lead in the final minutes against Munich. "This is now a new story: we have a different Team, it's a different opponent," says Saibou. What has not changed is the great Hunger for Victories. After two lost Finals in the last season, the Motivation was huge. "The goal is to win the title."

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Before the final in Bamberg Alba Berlin looks at the Cup still in the air after top

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This also applies to Marco Baldi, the Manager considered the final, however, against the Background of the team development. "Title of help of a young team, but they are not a Must," says the Manager. "Especially important is the pressure situation in such a final, because you can grow." The larger growth potential in the young Berlin.

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