Bobrovsky Expects Tough Test

23 February 2007

Gambrinus Sika Brno coach Jan Bobrovsky has warned his players to expect a much sterner test when they entertain Spartak Moscow in the second game of their EuroLeague Women quarter-final play-off on Friday.

The defending champions, who will book their place in the semi-final if they secure the victory, recorded a comfortable 73-58 win over the Russian outfit on Tuesday.

But Bobrovsky told "I expect a  harder game than the first one in Moscow. The Russian team will try to do everything to overturn this series.

Tina Thompson (Spartak Moscow Region)
Tina Thompson had 20 points and nine rebounds in game one against Brno
"They have very good players who can score many points, but we are better as a  team and we have better co-operation between players.

"We have a  chance to beat them again if we repeat the fantastic performance which we put on in the first game in Moscow."

Bobrovsky admits his side will struggle to contain Tina Thompson, but wants to make sure her team-mates are prevented from piling on the points.

"The defense will be very important. We have to concentrate all the game," he said.

"We have talked about their offense many times and we analyzed it on video.

It does not matter that Thompson will score 20 points again - we have to hold the other players in low numbers."

Bobrovsky also revealed he may only use seven players again for the clash at the Sport Hall Rosnicka.

"We are in good shape, our self-confidence is high and we believe in ourselves. It is possible I  will use only seven players again but it is soon to talk about that now," he added.   

"We only have nine players for the EuroLeague, including (Romana) Hejdova, who is recovering after her knee operation and will only play in the last resort."

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