Merino: ‘I will reach the final in much better condition’

“I have not received it with much joy.” Mikel
Merino he was sincere after the news of the non-call with Spain in the program ‘Out of Play’ on Radio Euskadi: “I had all the illusion in the world to go, but inside the bad, you have to get the positive.” And that is what he will be able to prepare together with his colleagues in Zubieta for the Cup final: “I will have more time to be able to recover, catch air and let my legs get energy for the Cup final, which is very important. I’ll get to the final in much better condition ”.

However, the Navarrese midfielder continues to trust in playing the Eurocup: “There are games left and it is not completely decided.” It has been left out of the last official call before the great national team event this year: “I have to accept it and take it as an extra motivation for what is coming,” he highlights.

I had all the illusion in the world to go, but inside the bad, you have to get the positive

All the players appreciate arriving at the games rested and much more if they are decisive, but Merino considers that, given his conditions and virtues, it is even more important for him not to accumulate a load of minutes: “The fact of having fresh legs and air in his lungs makes him give an improved version of me.” Therefore, his absence in the Spanish team happens to be excellent news for Real ahead of the final.

Has exceeded 3,000 minutes

Merino he has already surpassed 3,000 minutes this season, divided into 35 official matches: “This year I have played many minutes, there have been phases in which I have found myself tired.” He has been grateful to be able to rest during the week in recent times. However, he considers that this course, the first with three competitions at stake for him, is going to be a master’s degree for the future, as he is learning to “better manage efforts” in each meeting.

In spite of everything, the Navarrese midfielder continues to trust in playing the Eurocup: “There are games left and it is not completely decided”. He has remained from the last official call before the great national team event this year: “I have to accept it and take it as an extra motivation for what is to come”, he highlights.