Back at the helm of the Roca Team since December 13, coach Sasa Obradovic has not had much time to take charge of his new team. He has already coached six matches for a balanced record of 3 wins (Kaunas, Fos and Tel Aviv) and 3 losses (Saint Petersburg, Limoges and Berlin). With the short time between games the tactician had, he had to adjust. In an interview published for the club’s website, I admit:
“I attacked at the head of the Roca Team trying to identify the weak points of the team to overcome them over time, such as defense for example. We had to clarify the roles, designate the leaders who must help others in such and such a sector. The collective was touched, and I had to find a way to communicate to allow everyone to regain some confidence. We even made good progress, especially in defense, where there is had a lot of issues. It was crucial to make the guys understand the importance of the defensive side. “
But the tireless rhythm of the matches will have made it possible to create, more quickly, a relationship of trust between the coach and his players.
“In sport, it’s hard to say if you’re good or not with a group, because everything can change really quickly. But today a chosen one is sure, I am happy to be with this team. When I go to training, there is joy. I try to instill a certain confidence with the cohesion in the group. Because everything that can happen in the locker room is transcribed in a match on the pitch. “
If Monaco’s goal is to stay in the EuroLeague by reaching the playoffs (while finishing ahead of Kazan), the club is also looking for its first French league title. “It is the ultimate goal of this season, to succeed in winning the Betclic Elite”, assures the Serbian coach. Monaco are currently second in the championship, having won 9 out of 13 matches.