By Paul NilsenRising star Vega Gimeno has warned patience is required if Rivas Ecopolis are to get their season back on track after crashing to a third straight defeat in EuroLeague Women after being outclassed by UMMC Ekaterinburg.
The club from the Spanish capital were blown away for the second successive game and teenager Gimeno believes a lack of confidence and not having been together for long enough to gel are the root causes of the club's current difficulties.
"I think we played a good game against Ekaterinburg up until half time."
"But in the second half, they started making some easy shots, rebounding really well and maybe we didn't believe enough in ourselves as a team."
"I think the problem we have is that we have eight new players in the team and we didn't get to practice all together as one team until the last three weeks or so."
Having not spent enough time together to find the right chemistry on the court, Gimeno admits to being left frustrated along with her Rivas team-mates who she feels need to pull together as a team to get out of the tough situation they now find themselves in.
"From my point of view, we aren't playing as a team yet and that's why we are losing all of these games."
"Whenever a team doesn't play together as a team it's impossible to win."
"Since we have managed to start practicing all together we have also been playing each Wednesday and at weekends so we don't have too much time to practice."
"However, I don't want to use excuses."
"Clearly we need to start to play as a team and then I'm sure we will do it soon."
Far from being downbeat, the nineteen year old who played 14 minutes against UMMC Ekaterinburg has thrown her support behind her team-mates and is backing everyone at the club to get it right and recover from their shaky start.
"We do have very good players and we will eventually do it."
"We are at the beginning of the season and I am confident this team will have a very good season."
"I'm sure of that and I believe in my team."
After making such a major splash last season when they couldn't stop winning as EuroLeague Women rookies, things have certainly proved to be much tougher this time around.
The club will now travel to Gospic Croatia next week looking to avoid what could prove to be an unthinkable 0-4 start to the new campaign.