Credit: AFP-SCANPIX
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FC Barcelona lost its first game in the ACB League this Sunday against Valencia Basket (79-87). It was just the third loss of the season, counting another two in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. 

Sarunas Jasikevicius was overwhelming in the press conference after the game, showing some tiredness about his players' ups and downs.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate Valencia and Joan (Peñarroya) for the victory. Well deserved. As for us, once again, I did not prepare my team well. But it is tiresome to take responsibility in these situations", began the Lithuanian coach.

"We are doing the same thing every time. We are not capable of being professionals in the long term. I should take responsibility, but there are a lot of examples so far", added Barca's coach.

Jasikevicius was also disappointed with the performance of his point guards, adding that this time it is difficult for him to take full responsibility.

"We have a lot of people above 30 years old, we have three point guards that should control the game... None of them did. It is always the coach's fault, but maybe not this time", said Jasikevicius.

Furthermore, the 45-year-old also emphasized the lack of professionalism. 

"Of course, our team has the quality, and they show it, but sometimes we relax. We know there will be ups and downs. People do not change. I do not want to lie, we will suffer. We lack professionalism.

I gave them a free day after Baskonia's game because we have a tough schedule next week. But we made a bad practice yesterday", admitted Jasikevicius.

Jasikevicius explained that his players were warned about Valencia's character and lack of pressure.

"We wrote on the blackboard that Valencia have not lost any game on the road this season, that they came from a 21-point comeback in Bolonia a few days ago."

Jasikevicius concluded with a statement.

"I can't tell you who played well today. For Mirotic it is so easy to score 20 points. We received 87 points at home. We did a great defense against Baskonia. What excuses can we use today? Injuries? What would Penarroya say?" Saras concluded.

FC Barcelona will face CSKA Moscow this Wednesday at Palau Blaugrana in the Round 10 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

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