Sasha Djordjevic: The mental pressure was enormous. The key was definitely the playmaker position

Djordjevic: The euphoria in our country, everyone called us, could not wait to watch us, wrote that we were favorites, that we would win. It never helped

Serbia’s NT coach Sasha Djordjevic talks after the loss against Argentina in the FIBA World Cup Quarter finals: “It hurts, this is a tough defeat. Still, I would agree with what Bjelica said. The mental pressure was enormous. The euphoria in our country, everyone called us, could not wait to watch us, wrote that we were favorites, that we would win. It never helped. Now I can see what kind of pressure a player like Nemanja was on. Sometimes we think that they are solid, experienced, leaders, but then you see what goes through their heads”

On the game: “The key was definitely in the playmaker position. They controlled the rhythm, we had a lot of balls lost, probably because of the great defense of our rivals. I did not like our decisions or reactions. We made mistakes that should not happen to us in matches like this. We worked hard and then at the last second received baskets through Garin, Kampac and others. We have to lift our heads now”

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