“The objective is very clear: It is to win the competition”: The French team began its preparation for the EuroBasket and did not hide its ambitions.

Gathered since last week, the French men’s team began preparing for EuroBasket and a qualifying window for the 2023 World Cup. affirmed that they have no other goal than the gold medal.

Almost a month after the defeat against Montenegro and the victory against Hungary in a qualifying match for the 2023 World Cup and almost a year to a day after winning the Olympic silver, the French team began to prepare for this Sunday at the Palais des Sports Maurice Thorez in Nanterre will see the EuroBasket 2022.

Denied by their captain Nicholas Batum (155 selections) and their metronome Nando De Colo (185 selections), the Blues have two missions: to start the second round of qualification for the 2023 World Cup well with two matches set for August 24 and 27 and to confirm their status as favorites for of the continental Euro title in the process. where the competition will be denser than before. On the occasion of the first press briefing of the preparation of the Blues, the coach Vincent Collet and the general manager of the France team, Boris Diaw swept the news of the France team.

Different preparation

With a double goal at the end of the summer, it is clear that the French team is a bit shaken, in addition, the withdrawals of Victor Wembanyama and Andrew Albicy have already been registered: ” The doctor has started doing this to both players. For the other three, it has not yet been established. But today, we should congratulate the attendees for their professionalism because they arrived in good condition. So an unprecedented preparation that will lead the Blues to two qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup and for which you must be ready, from the first matches before the start of the Euro: ” We should be ready at the window. We should not use the last matches, as we usually do before the EuroBasket, to make the final adjustments, said general manager Boris Diaw. We need to be effective quickly. ” “We play on the 27th against Bosnia, while it is usually a time when we have to work in Germany, that is not the case. We will start on the 28th… and in addition we will recover,” added Vincent Collet .

A clearly established goal: the gold medal

The blues continue to repeat their ranks before the first deadline, the friendly match against the Netherlands this Sunday at 5:00 pm in Rouen, and will have to defend their status as favorites and Olympic vice-champions they got in Tokyo in the summer. 2021. “The goal is not simple, but at least it is clear. I am tired of bronze medals, we want gold,” advanced Rudy Gobert, who will be one of the leaders in this window with Evan Fournier replacing Nicolas Batum and Nando De Colo. “The goal 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 well, there are no surprises. The France team is one of the big nations,” declared Evan Fournier.

A hardship that brings both dreams of greatness

While Slovenia fell into the pool with France, the latter will take revenge after their defeat in the semi-finals of the Olympic Games (89-90) while countries such as Greece led by Giannis Antetokounmpo as well as Serbia by Nikola Jokic also have their said. A EuroBasket that promises to be one of the most difficult and provides for many battles as Evan Fournier admits: “I think it’s good that all the leaders are there. It will give good publicity for European basketball, EuroBasket has become a major competition. For the team that wins, it will give them a lot of credit because in fact it will be one of the most successful EuroBaskets in history.

“The fact of doing only one Euro per Olympiad (since 2017) gives more importance to this competition, said Vincent Collet. Over time, the Euro post Olympic is smaller than the Euro pre Olympic. We can see that this year, everyone is ready with their weapons. There are teams that are really impressive on paper. Although we have the highest goals possible, which is to win, 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 difficult and from the beginning. The work of the twelve elected officials must take into account these parameters, but in the meantime the French team remains very focused on its goal despite the losses and must fight on the way to glory: “It is up to us. to invent this path, to rewrite our history.»

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August 3, 2022 at 8:30 am

Almost a month after the defeat against Montenegro and the victory against Hungary in a qualifying match for the 2023 World Cup and almost a year to a day after winning the Olympic silver, the French team began to prepare for this Sunday at the Palais des Sports Maurice Thorez in Nanterre to see the EuroBasket 2022. Deprived of…

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