more than a defense, the Blues have regained their identity

The Blues avoided a repeat of the same nightmare in the third quarter. The victories against Turkey and Italy may have shown the mental resources of the French basketball team – and the capacities of the heart of its supporters – but did not provide the best defense guarantee. Those who made the identity of the selection of Vincent Collet in the decade of 2010. Against Poland, Friday, September 16, in the semi-finals of the Eurobasket, Rudy Gobert and his teammates remember that the main tricolor strength retained his ability to extinguish doubt. his enemy.

The Poles, who were too famous to overcome the Slovenian defending champions in the previous round, became unrecognizable. France gave a demonstration, especially in the first period, that derailed the surprise of this last four. The fatigue of the quarter-final feat – and a workforce less than full of individual talent – may have helped the tricolor cause. But above all the suffocating pressure imposed from the start on the Olympic vice-champion paved the way for the final.

There were real defensive efforts from the French teamsaid Jacques Monclar, consultant of the BeIN Sports channel and former international, guest of franceinfo. The Poles left their arms, they used a lot of energy against Slovenia in the quarter-finals and we managed to bend the intentions of their best players from the start.

Nine points were scored in the first quarter, as many in the second: at the break, the Blues conceded less than one point per minute, a rarity at this level. We have to go back to 1946 to find the last trace of a team with within 20 points obtained at half time in a semi-final of the European championship. The difference is even more remarkable than 48 hours earlier, Poland scored 58 units in the first twenty minutes against Slovenia!

The recipe is simple on paper. A first blade was formed from Andrew Albicy to harass the opposition playmaker, and the revelation Terry Tarpey to cool the Polish leader Mateusz Ponitka. Finally the walls Rudy Gobert then Moustapha Fall (three counters each) to ensure the back near the circle, and the authors of some unique counters to definitively pass the desire to approach the French basket. All experienced a constant intensity of each of the five Blues who will take turns on the floor. “All the players who entered, without exception, put their butts on the ground“Welcome coach Vincent Collet in a press conference.

We put a lot of pressure on them, we jumped on them very aggressivelyreviewed by Evan Fournier. We don’t want to leave them in the lurch and crush them.“The successful operation with only 23% shooting for Poland at the break, was only saved by three baskets from three-pointers from AJ Slaughter.

With such a tired rear guard, France made it easier than in the previous two matches. If the third quarter saw Turkey and Italy surge the Habs, the defense’s desire began to wither from the second act. Which they did not allow on Friday. “When we’re in a place like that defensively, we know where to go, even though we struggled to set up our attack at the start of the gamehappy, perfectionist, Andrew Albicy on the microphone of Canal +. Then we rolled out, but it started on defense. This defense, precisely, has another quality, it hurts one. “Whenever we were able to steal balls, to lose them, we could run and have quick baskets that gave us confidence.“, assured the leader.

France, sometimes very slow with the ball in hand in this competition, finished the game with 62.1% shooting, and above all 15/26 from distance, a record in the history of Euro selection. Against Spain, strong defense too, maybe another thing. But this benchmark match of the fundamental qualities of this team could not have come at a better time.

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