Gathering together since last weekend, the French men’s team has begun their preparation for the EuroBasket and a qualifying window for the 2023 World Cup. The opportunity for Vincent Collet to work on and hone his selection for the qualifying window and the continental tournament and the Blues to affirm that they will only aim for the gold medal.
Just one month after the defeat against Montenegro and the victory against Hungary in the qualifying match for the 2023 World Cup and almost a year after winning the Olympic silver, the French team began its preparation this Sunday at the Palais des Sports Maurice Thorez in Nanterre with EuroBasket 2022 in sight.
Deprived of his captain Nicholas Batum (155 selections) and his metronome nando from colo (185 teams), the Blues have two missions: to start the second phase of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup well with two games placed on August 24 and 27 and to confirm their status as favorites for the continental title at the European Championship where the competition will be denser than ever. On the occasion of the first press conference of the preparation of the Blues, the coach Vincent Collet and the general director of the French team, Boris Diaw swept the news of the French team.
a different preparation
With a double goal ending to the summer, it is clear that the French team is in a bit of a turmoil, in addition to having already registered the losses of Victor Wembanyama and Andrew Albicy: “ The doctor has already started doing it with two players. For the other three, it is not yet established. But today, we must congratulate those present for their professionalism because they arrived in fairly good condition. An unprecedented preparation therefore that will take the Blues to the two qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup and where they will have to be prepared, from the first matches before the start of the European Championship:” We’ll have to be ready at the window. We must not use the last games, as we usually do before the EuroBasket, to make the final adjustments, general manager Boris Diaw said. We will have to be efficient immediately.” “We played on the 27th against Bosnia, while normally it is already a period where we should be working in Germany, that will not be the case. We will start on the 28th… and we will also recover”, adds Vincent Collet.
A clearly stated goal: the gold medal
The blues continue to repeat ranks before the first deadline, the friendly against the Netherlands this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in Rouen, and they will have to defend their status as favorites and Olympic runners-up that they acquired in Tokyo in the summer. 2021. “The goal is not simple, but at least it is clear. I’m tired of bronze medals, we want gold.” Rudy Gobert advanced, who will be one of the leaders of this window along with Evan Fournier to take over from Nicolás Batum and Nando De Colo. “The objective is very clear: it is to win the competition. With the French team we have very high goals […] We are one of the favourites, the teams know us very well, there will be no surprises. The France team is one of the great nations,” said Evan Fournier.
An adversity that carries the same dreams of greatness
While Slovenia fell in the pool of France, the latter will take revenge after their defeat in the semifinals of the Olympic Games (89-90) while nations like Greece led by Giannis Antetokounmpo as well as Serbia by Nikola Jokic will also have their say. A EuroBasket that promises to be one of the toughest and that holds great battles as Evan Fournier admitted: “I think it’s great that all the leaders are present. This will give good publicity to European basketball, the EuroBasket is becoming an emblematic competition. He will give the team that wins much more credit because objectively it will be one of the most successful EuroBaskets in history.
“The fact of making only one euro per Olympiad (since 2017) gives more importance to this competition, Vincent Collet pointed out. Over time, the post-Olympic Euro was lower than the pre-Olympic Euro. We can see that this year, everyone is preparing their weapons. There are teams that are really impressive on paper. Although we have the highest possible goals, that of winning, we know the difficulty of the task. The important thing is to prepare ourselves for what awaits us with ambition. We know very well that the obstacles will be hard and from the beginning. The work of the twelve elected officials must take these parameters into account, but meanwhile the French team remains more focused than ever on its goal despite the absences and will have to fight to achieve glory: “It’s up to us to invent this path, to rewrite our history.»
August 3, 2022 at 8:30 am
Just one month after the defeat against Montenegro and the victory against Hungary in the qualifying match for the 2023 World Cup and almost a year after winning the Olympic silver, the French team began its preparation this Sunday at the Palais des Sports Maurice Thorez in Nanterre With EuroBasket 2022 in sight, deprived of…
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