Friday Munich, Saturday Oldenburg, Monday and Wednesday Istanbul, Friday Madrid and Sunday Gießen: This is not the route of a particularly travel-loving ground hopper, but the current schedule of the basketball players at FC Bayern Munich after a corona quarantine.
On Saturday evening, Munich lost 75:106 in the Bundesliga at relegation candidates EWE Baskets Oldenburg – and were not particularly unhappy with it.
“Our squad was the best we could have given the circumstances and the challenges ahead. We’re not particularly unhappy after this game,” said Slaven Rimac, who had replaced the absent head coach Andrea Trinchieri.
The game started in Oldenburg less than 20 hours after the Euroleague game against Belgrade on Friday evening. In terms of stress, the people of Munich are currently acting like the teams from the NBA, who often play on consecutive days in the tight schedule.
The Munich team did without numerous top performers in Oldenburg and thus consciously accepted a defeat. “Honestly, we’re not disappointed. We knew it would be difficult for the team here,” said winger Nihad Djedovic. There wasn’t much time in the 20 hours between games. Sleep through, arrive, eat – that’s how Djedovic described the hunt.