Drums of war in a Dreamland Gran Canaria that brims with enthusiasm and ambition for the Copa del Rey

Drums of war in a Dreamland Gran Canaria that brims with enthusiasm and ambition for the Copa del Rey

The most anticipated moment of the season has arrived. One of the most spectacular and impactful sporting events in Europe. A celebration of the fans that magnifies this sport and with the common dream of lifting the champion trophy.

The José María Martín Carpena Sports Palace in Málaga will host the 2024 edition of the Copa del Rey from this Thursday until Sunday, where the top eight finishers meet at the end of the first round of the regular phase of the Endesa League. And there will be Dreamland Gran Canaria, which is immersed in the events celebrating its 60th anniversary, in what will be its fifteenth participation, managing to qualify for the semifinals on three occasions and competing against Real Madrid in the remembered final in A Coruña 2016.

The president, Sitapha Savané, the sports director, Willy Villar, the coach, Jaka Lakovicand the players Andrew Albicy and Miquel Salvó yesterday represented a Claretian team that brims with enthusiasm and ambition to go as far as possible in the cup tournament.

Jaka Lakovic assured that «We go to Malaga with confidence despite the latest results. Possibly the victory we achieved in the League in La Fonteta against Valencia – our rival in the quarterfinals this Thursday starting at 8:00 p.m. – will help us, especially thinking that we can beat a rival as strong as this one, but every duel is different.”

«We have gone through eight days of very hard travel. Now we needed to get back, recover and prepare to be at our best on Thursday. The team is doing well and I think the entire squad will be ready to arrive at the match in the best conditions,” argued the Slovenian coach.

Lakovic explained that “the defeat against Palencia showed that the team had a continuous desire and attempt, but without having enough energy, like without a battery. It is a defeat that can happen because we are in the best league in Europe and, at any time, if you don’t have the day or you are not at 100%, anyone can beat you. No need to dramatize but to look forward and prepare well.”

The Claretian coach considers that «In the Copa del Rey each match is different. Illusion is never lacking in these events, and a victory can decide your inertia. Last year was the first experience for several of our players and I think the pressure or the environment, along with the excitement, possibly took its toll. I think this time it will be different, because they know where they are going and that they have to go for it.”

For his part, Miquel Salvó indicated that “we have to make a point. Cup week is special and different. All teams can surprise, there is no favorite team. We go with all the desire and enthusiasm in the world. We know that the defeat against Zunder Palencia is not the best way to be positive. We are aware that we were the ones who were not good and that we can improve it because we are the same team that beat Real Madrid and Monbus Obradoiro.

«We are going to meet a Gran Canaria who will come from being on the island all week, who has been able to get good training sessions. It’s no excuse, but whenever a game like this happens, we have to look at what’s around us.. This week has been hard and we are not going to lower our heads. It can be lost, we have lost and we recognize it. We are going with all the enthusiasm, because a cup is not always played,” he added.

The Catalan forward does not see a favorite in the quarterfinals. «It’s a single game and we play 12 against 12. I don’t think there are favorites, we are two teams that are very tied in the Endesa League».

Miquel Salvo attends to the media.


Likewise, French point guard Andrew Albicy stated that “we face this tournament with enthusiasm. “It is a special competition and we were already waiting for it to compete with enthusiasm and enjoy it.”

«This is a complicated tournament, where all the rivals are tough, but we are not afraid of any of them. We are going to work to try to go as far as possible. There is no need to motivate your teammates in a special way knowing that it is the Copa del Rey«argued the yellow captain.

Albicy prescribed «match intensity and physicality. They are a great team, but we were able to beat them. “They were probably not at their best when we beat them, but we showed that we could do it.”


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