|28 February 2012|
|Ros Casares captain Laia Palau believes teams with a deep roster will have the upper hand now that we've reached the business end of the EuroLeague Women season|
Laia Palau is the Ros Casares captain and has been around in the EuroLeague Women for a very long time.
The 32-year-old has played for Barcelona and Bourges, but has spent the majority of her career with Ros, the team she joined ahead of the 2006-07 campaign.
With the competition now having a Final Eight instead of a Final Four, Palau says teams have to be able to cope with some changes and she thinks her team should be equipped to do that.
"We have achieved our first aim which was to qualify for the Final Eight," she said.
"We are very happy because we have progressed to the next round with 2-0 record, hence, the fast way and with good vibrations, something which is not easy in a competition like the EuroLeague Women.
As for the new format, she said: "The way I see it right now is that those teams that have a short roster will arrive in worse condition to the last stages of the competition.
"For the team, it is crucial to be able to have all of our players available because it's what gives you an advantage with respect to the rest of the teams.
"At Ros Casares, everyone feels that they have a role to play, that they are important to the team and they can bring things to our game.
Ros Casares have so many good players that those coming off the bench would start for many teams in the competition.
"Of course, there are players that have more weight on the team but everyone works at a good level during the time they are on the court and that gives us an extra intensity that stops other teams from following our rhythm," Palau said.
Ros Casares advanced to the Final Eight in Istanbul, which is being hosted by Galatasaray, with a 2-0 sweep of CCC Polkowice in Round 2.