France – Turkey: beware of the beast wounded by the Blues

France – Turkey: beware of the beast wounded by the Blues

What if France had finished worst in their group with this 3rd place? Some think so in view of the upcoming table with Turkey in the EuroBasket round of 16, before potentially facing Serbia in the quarterfinals and possibly Slovenia in the semifinal. But before making plans for the comet, it will be necessary to go over the body of the Turks, 2nd in their group, behind Spain.

It will be noon on Saturday, and this unusual schedule will already be a key element. Physiologically and physically, the players are not used to playing such a schedule, and the most “awakened” team could take over from the start of the game. An even more important item, learned earlier in the day, was Shane Larkin’s package.

The beheaded Turks

Even if the Blues could be deprived of Guerschon Yabusele, and Shane Larkin had been out injured for several games, it is a serious handicap for Turkey without their master of the game. Especially since Ergin Ataman went to Germany without a substitute, and that he used his leader, in the national team as in the club, to the rope (minute 49 against Georgia when he was already injured…).

It is Sehmus Hazer who must start the match, and now he will be the weak link in a formation that lost to Georgia in two extra times and a stormy finish, then to Spain, again in the closing seconds.

Even without Shane Larkin, Turkey remains strong. We also saw him in preparation when he faced Slovenia without him. For this, he has a trio of NBAers in top form with a Cedi Osman who assumes his role as leader and always so dangerous when he has spaces, a Furkan Korkmaz at ease in FIBA ​​basketball, and an Alperen Sengun who is not. far from being the revelation of the tournament.

It is perhaps the center of the Rockets who will be the biggest danger of the Blues because of his technique, his mobility but also his quality of passes. Guershon Yabusele would perhaps be the ideal defender to oppose him, and if he is absent, Rudy Gobert will have to keep an eye out and rely on his experience. As we saw against Spain, Alperen Sengun doesn’t like to be pressured and he still struggles to control his nerves.

Watch out for stray bullets

On paper, and given Shane Larkin’s absence, France appear to be the favourites. The squad is richer, and Thomas Heurtel could once again be decisive in his joker role.

We will also have to see the choice of Vincent Collet to start the game. Shane Larkin absent, will he change his starting lineup by removing a defender (Andrew Albicy or Terry Tarpey)? Since the formula works well, we bet that it will stay in this five because it is through defense that the Blues enter their matches better.

The biggest thing for the Blues will be limiting turnovers. Especially since Turkey is one of the teams that lose the least. Per match, Evan Fournier’s teammates lose around fifteen!

Another important area of ​​play is the 3 point skill. The Blues are no exception in this area (35.5%), but it is clearly a weak point among the Turks at just 30%. Therefore, the temptation would be to close the racket and force the Turks to shoot from afar. But Furkan Korkmaz and Melih Mahmutoglu are trigger-happy and you’ll have to watch out for heatstroke.

To help him thwart Turkish traps, Vincent Collet has a spy in his ranks: Amath M’Baye. Guerschon’s substitute Yabusele has joined Anadolu Efes Istanbul, the club that Ergin Ataman coaches, and is willing to play a trick on him: ” “I like that. I will play against my coach next season. I hope I can win to come to train and break his c…… every day. »

Finally, it should be remembered that France has not lost in an official match against Turkey since 2010. It was in the World Cup, and the Turks were playing at home. This will not be the case this time even if, in Berlin, Turkey will be able to rely on the strong local Turkish community for strong support against the Blues.


September 22, 2011 : France – Turkey (68-64), Eurobasket

September 12, 2014 : France – Turkey (76-53), Eurobasket 1/8 final

July 9, 2016 : France – Turkey (75-63), Olympic Games classification


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