By the Eurohoops team/ [email protected]
Olimpia Milano have secured a Euroleague playoff spot for the second consecutive year and with Ettore Messina’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the two sides are set to continue together.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the coach extended on a two-year contract and Messina spoke to the outlet, confirming his intention to stay with the club.
“I received from Mr. Armani a certificate of enormous esteem. The words he spoke after the Italian Cup carry an extraordinary weight which makes me even more indebted to him. I intend to repay that trust. This is how great cycles are born, with empathy and awareness of a shared path, as well as with victories,” Messina said and expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing campaign, which was successful despite many obstacles.
“Positive season. Very positive because it is in line with all the objectives. For the second year in a row, we are among the eight best in Europe, a result that only the big clubs can boast of. We have played three months without Shields, we had two doping cases and a double round of Covid: very strong at Christmas and the current worrying one, and all the troubles of Gigi Datome, a very important player for us.
Olimpia Milano finished the Euroleague regular season with a 19-9 record in third place in the standings and will face either Anadolu Efes or Maccabi Tel Aviv in the playoffs.