Croatian international guard Zoran Planinic believes CSKA Moscow will run a bit more than seasons past and that the perennial Euroleague contenders have the personnel to reach Final Four in Paris though they will miss Erazem Lorbek.

Planinic talked about possible changes in the team after the departure of head coach Ettore Messina, who was replaced by long time assistant. Evgeniy Pashutin.

“We have a veteran team so I don’t think we’re going to change a lot. I’m sure with the style of Pashutin that is more running basketball so I think we will change that a little bit. But I don’t think we’re going to change it a lot because of the players we have,” said Planinic after he helped the Croatian national team to qualify for the 2010 World Championship by finishing sixth at EuroBasket 2009.

Despite having the core of J.R. Holden, Trajan Langdon, Matjaz Smodis, Ramunas Siskauskas, Viktor Khryapa and Sasha Kaun back from the team that lost the Euroleague championship game to Panathinaikos, Planinic believes CSKA will miss Erazem Lorbek, who was named to the EuroBasket 2009 All-Tournament Team for guiding Slovenia to fourth place.

“The guy we’re going to miss is Erazem Lorbek. He’s proven now that he is a big player, especially in big games. But I still think that CSKA is a big team. And with the players we have I think we are capable of reaching the Final Four. I really do think that. I think our goal will be to get to the Final Four. Then we have two games and you never know what’s going to happen. But I think we have a team capable of doing that.”



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