“The situation in the team was somewhat depressing. Andreas gave confidence to the players” – Vatoutine on Pistiolis’ contribution to CSKA’s success

President CSKA Andrei Vatutin in an interview with , he said that before the nomination Andreas Pistiolis head coach, the situation in the team was depressing, but the Greek specialist was able to quickly restore confidence in the basketball players.

Under the leadership of Pistiolis, CSKA last season became the champion of the VTB United League. The specialist was named head coach of the team in mid-April, replacing Emil Rajkovic.

— What did you think when Pistiolis was appointed in April?

— The main idea was that changes are necessary. Although I don’t remember such coaching changes before the playoffs in the history of club basketball. The situation within the team, despite the fight for first place in the standings until the last round, was somewhat depressing. Everything seemed as if the desire and dedication of the players alone were not enough to enter the category of winners of the VTB League. Andreas managed to regain that confidence in a short time and clearly showed the team the path by which they could achieve victory. Then, in April, when he introduced Andreas to the players, he warned that they shouldn’t expect any magic. It didn’t exist – everything was achieved through systematic and hard work,” Vatoutine told .

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Source : MatchTV

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