Munich (dpa / lby) - Coach Andrea Trinchieri described his Munich basketball players as outsiders before the playoff semifinals against Telekom Baskets Bonn. "We have the privilege of being the underdog," said the Italian on Wednesday before the first duel in Bonn on Saturday (8:30 p.m.). Nevertheless, before the best-of-five series, FC Bayern was "determined to fight like Don Quixote."
Don Quixote is a world-famous fictional character. His fight against windmills is seen as a symbol for sometimes daring seemingly hopeless things.
After the success against the Niners Chemnitz in the quarter-finals, Trinchieri is missing several players, and the Bonners coached by Tuomas Iisalo are having an "outstanding season, the MVP in the league, the coach of the year," the Italian listed. "Everything speaks against us." Bonn's team around Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who was voted the most valuable player of the season, finished the main round in second place behind Alba Berlin and ahead of Munich.
The people of Munich draw hope from their physicality. "We're a very physical team, which might give us an advantage," said guard Andreas Obst. "The games will be tough," said forward Vladimir Lucic.