Yago dos Santos: 'Being with Teodosic is more important than money'

2023-09-18 16:46

The loss to Bayern at the Magenta Cup was not that important, Yago dos Santos said. Playing alongside Milos Teodosic and having the ability to improve his game with advice from the veteran was the most important thing, the Brazilian guard declared.

Credit: IMAGO/Philippe Ruiz - Scanpix
Credit IMAGO/Philippe Ruiz - Scanpix

Yago dos Santos played an impressive season with ratiopharm Ulm in the EuroCup. Then, he dazzled the crowds with the Brazilian national team in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Now, he's getting ready for his first EuroLeague season.

The undersized point guard comes into the Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade roster full of other high-level professionals at his position. However, it doesn't matter that much for dos Santos, he told Meridianbet Sport.

"For me, this is a dream, this is crazy. I played in Germany, now I will play in the biggest hall in the EuroLeague," he said. "I am very happy to be here, to be able to cooperate with these players, coaches, and everyone here."

Yago Mateus dos Santos

Yago Mateus dos Santos
Team: Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade
Position: PG
Age: 24
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Birth place: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Crvena Zvezda signed a wide array of players, improving in all positions. For a new team to start clicking, a significant amount of time is needed. As such, even the somewhat surprising loss against FC Bayern Munich in the Magenta Cup during the weekend is not something that could be unforeseen.

"These are new players, a new season. I think we will need more training, more time together so that we are all directed towards the same goal. But that's okay. These are only two games, this is important for us as players, for the club, and for the coach," dos Santos said.

"It is normal that we are not all in our places at the beginning. Two games, a win and a loss, are not so important because this is the pre-season, and we are just starting," the guard explained. "We will need more training and time together."

One of the new signings was Milos Teodosic, an established veteran who was once the EuroLeague MVP. For Yago dos Santos, playing alongside Teodosic was arguably the most important reason why he chose to come to Crvena Zvezda.

"I've been watching Teodosic I don't know for how many years, and now he's sitting next to me. This is important to me as I am improving the game. I followed Teo's career, being with him every day is more important to me than money," the player declared.


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