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Coach Ramondino and Spizzichini present the match against Treviglio

Coach Ramondino and Spizzichini present the match against Treviglio

Championship eve for Bertram Derthona, awaiting the match on the Treviglio pitch on the 14th day of the West Group of the Serie A2 Old Wild West championship. The Bianconeri are returning from the defeat against Capo d'Orlando, a match in which ʺWe played with greater balance and adherence to the game plan – says coach Ramondino – compared to the past. However, the quality of our choices on the pitch must increase at every moment of the match, because if on the one hand the combativeness of the players was the correct one, on the other hand the match against the Sicilians was yet another demonstration that in this tournament the technical and competitive aspects must be at the same level.

In the match against Benfapp, some of Derthona's complexities in being continuous over the forty minutes once again emerged, as also underlined by the Juventus coach himself in the press conference. This is one aspect that ʺhas underlying reasons, such as the fragmented nature of our work or the impossibility of having the players available for the whole week – continues coach Ramondino – which lead us to have difficulty in all being on the same wavelength. We must increase our level of attention and concentration because only with work can we make steps forward from this point of view, while being aware that it is not something that can be changed in a week..

The Bianconeri's next opponent, as mentioned, is Treviglio, a team that ʺAlthough it has been renewed compared to last year, it has well-developed automatisms and physical players who attack the basket with strength and determination. They prefer to play at a high pace – says Bertram's coach – but they have clear objectives to pursue even in mid-field play: this is why they are very difficult to faceʺ. Among the keys to the match against the Lombard team, coach Ramondino identifies ʺour ability to play a consistent game on defense, both on an individual level trying to contain their players 1-on-1, and in defensive rebounding, because Treviglio is the third best team for offensive rebounds captured. In attack we will have to move the ball well to avoid static situations that favor their defensive organization.

Thus Gabriele Spizzichini: ʺIn recent weeks we have continued to work hard, the match against Capo d'Orlando did not go as we hoped but, despite the many mistakes made on Sunday, we have made small steps forward which give us hope. Treviglio is a team that has always done well in recent years, especially at home where they play at a very high pace. This year they are doing very important things both for Pecchia's explosion and for the ability of each player to fit into a proven system led by Roberts and Nikolic. It will be important to limit their points on the counterattack and make them play as much defense as possible: to do this we will have to produce balanced shots in attack and be solid defensivelyʺ.