"This was a very difficult game for us. Difficult and important, to finish the tournament with a good feeling to take back to Moscow. It was very difficult because we wanted to make, if possible, more than we did here. This kind of experience is always difficult, but today we showed very good team spirit and concentration. Of course, the third place game is not easy, nor for Galatasaray, but the game was important to bring us a place for the ULEB Cup next season. We don't know what will be the evolution between Joventut and Girona after this, but if we are a little lucky we now have a small chance to get a place for the Euroleague with today's victory. We played today like in the semifinal, up and down, with the third quarter again not very good. The other parts of the game, I think, were very good. We played our first half like yesterday's and the end like yesterday's, but yesterday it wasn't good enough, today it was.
"Like all the season, we didn't find continuity here in Turin. There are objective reasons, because our physical situation before the season, during and now stops our illusion during the game, and from game to game. You can play on a high level against a team that is a little bit better, or a little less, if you are first in good physical shape. We've had many, many problems with injury. Many problems. They are not very big injuries, but we've had them with the most important players during the season missing a minimum of eight or ten weeks. I don't like to look for excuses, but this is the situation. This is only one point that doesn't bring us confidence. Second, we don't play defense on the level that a team with ambitions like my team must play defense. Continuity on defense puts you on a high level of basketball. We don't have high-level defense. We work, fight, the players want, but we play five minutes of excellent defense and five minutes we don't play defense. You don't have potential to play with passes behind the back and such, unless you first play defense. We must first play defense, and after that everything is possible."