Ukhov, CSKA basketball player: “Mentally, Zenit was more ready for the match”

Defender CSKA Ivan Ukhov told that the reasons for the Army team’s defeat to Zenit in the fourth match of the VTB United League semifinals lie in psychological preparation.

Zenit defeated CSKA on Sunday in the fourth match of the VTB United League semifinals (91:73) and leveled the series score – 2-2.

– It’s the playoffs, there are no easy games here. There won’t be games like this where one team consistently wins while the other looks on weakly. Of course, Zenit reacted to our victory in the previous match and went into this match probably more mentally prepared. In the sense that they were pressed against the wall and had nowhere to retreat. That’s why they put all their energy into this match. In some places we couldn’t react, and in some places we just made stupid mistakes, which allowed the opponent to score their own goals and gain confidence. We have to analyze our game now and approach the next match with more preparation and win.

— Was Zenit not ready for such a match?

– Of course we prepared, but our game let us down a bit. We of course knew that Zenit would play this way and put pressure somewhere, and that’s what we did in the third match. They succeeded. But we weren’t prepared for this – that’s the reason for our losses and bad decisions. I think it’s more psychological. It’s just that after some unfortunate moments in the match we couldn’t react properly, and in some areas we couldn’t turn the tide,” Ukhov told .

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